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Straight Place and Show (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 30 September 1938 (USA)
The Ritz Brothers go to the race track. They raise training end entrance money in a wrestling match and help a young man train the horse of his fiancée.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Damon Runyon (play), Irving Caesar (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
Al Ritz ... Al Ritz
Harry Ritz ... Harry Ritz
Jimmy Ritz ... Jimmy Ritz
Richard Arlen ... Denny Paine
Ethel Merman ... Linda Tyler
Phyllis Brooks ... Barbara 'Babs' Drake
George Barbier ... Mr. Drake
Sidney Blackmer ... 'Lucky' Braddock
Will Stanton ... Truck Driver - Syd Robins
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ivan Borokov - Russian Jockey
Gregory Gaye ... Vladimir Borokov - Russian Jockey
Rafael Alcayde ... Boris Borokov - Russian Jockey (as Rafael Storm)
Stanley Fields ... Slippery Sol
Tiny Roebuck Tiny Roebuck ... Terrible Turk
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According to the scribes at a big movie studio with Fox in its logo, it is the big season at the track. While some of the boys are not doing so well it is rumored that the Ritz brothers are to make a big killing on a hay-burner named "Playboy,". Now it is also rumored that the nag is owned by Barbara Drake. It is further mused around that she has a rich father who goes by the moniker of Mr. Drake. However, he is otherwise known to all and sundry as 'The Grump' as he is always ready to share his disposition with any unlucky citizen that may wander by. Barbara is sweet on a guy named Denny who is an all-around good citizen, who also likes Barbara in return. Barbara is jealous of a torch singer named Linda. Denny does not care to run in competition with any hay-burner and makes it plain that he has no intentions to share his girl's ever-loving affection with "Playboy." Denny wagers Barbara that her horse will not win a race in three months. If he does Denny will build him a stable right ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Allen and Paul Hurst were listed in contemporary news items as cast members but they did not appear in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Denny and Barbara are out for a stroll (about 20 minutes in), the rear projection is moving at a faster pace than they are. See more »

Connections

References Three Men on a Horse (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
In the score for the first scene of The Ritz Brothers
Reprised in the score while performed by The Ritz Brothers with bells
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A rare case where a co-star is far more annoying than the Ritz Brothers!
18 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I should warn you up front....I have seen and reviewed several other Ritz Brothers movies and have hated them all. I have found the boys to be incredibly grating...and probably the most unlikable American comedy team. But, I try to be fair and when TCM showed three in a row, I watched them all....hoping, perhaps, that they actually DID make a few good comedies. I tried this with Wheeler & Woolsey. I initially disliked the team but I did eventually find a few of their films that I really liked. Well, this movie surprised me! After all, I really disliked the Ritz Brothers but in this one they weren't bad...and it's a rare case where one of the co-stars is the annoying one!!

When this film begins, Denny (Richard Arlen) and Barbara (Phyllis Brooks) are planning on marrying. There is one big problem, however....Barbara is annoying and rather dopey. Instead of focusing on her fiance, she consistently spends ALL her time and energy on her horse. It doesn't help that she also is very rich and very spoiled. In frustration, Denny makes Barbara a bet....if this racehorse cannot win, he gets to do what he wants with the horse. She makes the bet...the horse loses...and Denny gives away the horse to the Ritz Brothers. Now, Barbara is angry....after all, bets mean nothing to her and she stomps off and breaks her engagement. At this point, I was thoroughly convinced that although I usually hate the Ritz's, they weren't too bad and I thoroughly hated Barbara. Fortunately, despite this, the film turns out to be reasonably entertaining....and is CLEARLY better than the half dozen other Ritz films I've seen...mostly because the Ritz's aren't as annoying as usual and I spent so much time hating Barbara. Not exactly a glowing endorsement....so be it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Damon Runyon's Straight Place and Show See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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