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Wildly straddling a grinning racehorse, the Marx Brothers are instantly recognizable on this extraordinary promotional poster for their 1937 film
A Day at the Races. By this time the three brothers had become
a well-established act, highly popular for their anarchic, over-the-top style and inimitable stage personas. After their contract with Paramount Pictures
expired in 1933, the Marx Brothers signed with MGM, a change which produced a subtle effect on their films. While Paramount was hands off in the development of their scripts and routines, MGM took a firmer approach, insisting on more developed story lines, romantic subplots, and a less ambivalent stance where morality was concerned. This approach led to the immense commercial success of films like A Day at the Races and
A Night at the Opera (1935), though it somewhat softened the raw edge of their earlier work. Roger Soubie’s goofy, exaggerated poster art is optimally aligned with the character of the Marx Brothers’ films; by using caricatures, the poster
ironically captures the film’s spirit more successfully than stills or photographs could have. With its bold shapes and clean, bright colours, it is everything a film
poster should be: eye-catching, inviting, and in touch with the filmmakers’ vision. This poster is one of only two known surviving examples
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|Height||160.00 cm||(62.99 inches)|
|Width||119.00 cm||(46.85 inches)|