"Doctor Quackenbush"; [sic] 'A Day at the Races'. Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar.

"Doctor Quackenbush"; [sic] 'A Day at the Races'

(Hollywood): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935. 4to, 13pp multilith musical score including lyrics, with MGM stamps; accompanied by four typed letters signed by Harry Ruby, with one envelope. Bound with tape at left edge, a bit bumped; song's title changed by hand in pencil and with the pencilled notation explaining "The character was changed to Hackenbush"; very good. Item #205535

Original rehearsal score for this song, written for Groucho Marx's character in the Marx Brothers' 1935 classic film "A Day at the Races." The printed title has the name "Quackenbush" which was changed during production to "Hackenbush" owing to worries about reaction from several actual Dr. Quackenbushes. The producers, feeling that the film was too long, ultimately cut the song from it. Groucho continued to sing it as part of his stage repertory later in his solo career. Ruby and Kalmar, the veteran songwriting team from the Vaudeville stage, were responsible for some of the best musical numbers in the Marx Brothers best films, including "Duck Soup" and "Animal Crackers." This song, was conceived as a counterpart to the earlier Groucho song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding." This score derives from the estate of lyricist Bert Kalmar and is accompanied by four letters from Ruby to the Kalmar family, reflecting something of the zany humor of the milieu. We are uncertain of the authorship of the handwritten notations to the score, but the handwriting does resemble Harry Ruby's.

Price: $750.00

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