Off to the Races (1937)

57 or 59 mins | Comedy | 19 February 1937

Director:

Frank R. Strayer

Cinematographer:

Barney McGill

Editor:

Alex Troffey

Production Designer:

Lewis H. Creber

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. The working titles of this film were The Jones Family at the County Fair and At the County Fair . The film was also known as The Jones Family in Off to the Races . According to Var , the studio borrowed Slim Summerville for this film and gave him top billing. Carleton Griffin and Lynne Berkeley are listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. For information about the Jones Family series, please see the entry above for Every Saturday Night and consult the Series ... More Less

The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. The working titles of this film were The Jones Family at the County Fair and At the County Fair . The film was also known as The Jones Family in Off to the Races . According to Var , the studio borrowed Slim Summerville for this film and gave him top billing. Carleton Griffin and Lynne Berkeley are listed as cast members in HR production charts, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. For information about the Jones Family series, please see the entry above for Every Saturday Night and consult the Series Index. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9-Jan-37
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Daily Variety
4 Jan 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Jan 37
p. 30.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Nov 36
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
5 Jan 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jan 37
p. 29.
New York Times
6 Feb 37
p. 15.
Variety
3-Nov-36
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Variety
3 Feb 37
p. 29.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Katharine Kavanaugh.
SONGS
"Meet the Family," words and music by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Felix Bernard.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
The Jones Family at the County Fair
The Jones Family in Off to the Races
At the County Fair
Release Date:
19 February 1937
Premiere Information:
Brooklyn opening: 29 January 1937
Production Date:
5 November--late November 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 February 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7027
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57 or 59
Length(in feet):
5,126
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2928
SYNOPSIS

As the Jones family prepares for the big county fair, Louise Jones's brother-in-law, George Baxter, and his daughter, Winnie Mae, arrive to pay their annual visit to the family and to enter their horse, Jerry B., in the harness race. Uncle George, impecunious and extraordinarily devoted to his horse, boards Jerry B. in the Jones's garage, until John Jones, father of the family, objects, and the horse is sent to a stable. Bonnie Jones, the eldest daughter, invites her boyfriend Herbert Thompson, a horticulturist who lives out of town, to her family's home for the fair. As the two hypothetically discuss weddings, the meddlesome Winnie Mae overhears and then announces their engagement to the assembled guests. Jones and Louise congratulate the pair, who then reluctantly admit their intent to wed, though Herbert worries about his income and his meager savings account. Uncle George, a slacker, encourages his family members to invest in his horse racing venture with the promise that they'll receive five percent of his winnings. Herbert, worried about his fiancée's spending habits, agrees to bet his every last penny on Jerry B., hoping that he'll get a handsome return. At the track, Jerry B. wins the first heat, but loses the second due to a lost shoe. As Uncle George prepares for the third and final race, his ex-wife Rosabelle shows up and demands that he produce all his missed alimony payments. When he tells her that he's penniless, she calls a police officer, who arrests him. Roger, Jones's son, begs Jones to ride Jerry B. in Uncle George's place, as most of the family has invested money in or ... +


As the Jones family prepares for the big county fair, Louise Jones's brother-in-law, George Baxter, and his daughter, Winnie Mae, arrive to pay their annual visit to the family and to enter their horse, Jerry B., in the harness race. Uncle George, impecunious and extraordinarily devoted to his horse, boards Jerry B. in the Jones's garage, until John Jones, father of the family, objects, and the horse is sent to a stable. Bonnie Jones, the eldest daughter, invites her boyfriend Herbert Thompson, a horticulturist who lives out of town, to her family's home for the fair. As the two hypothetically discuss weddings, the meddlesome Winnie Mae overhears and then announces their engagement to the assembled guests. Jones and Louise congratulate the pair, who then reluctantly admit their intent to wed, though Herbert worries about his income and his meager savings account. Uncle George, a slacker, encourages his family members to invest in his horse racing venture with the promise that they'll receive five percent of his winnings. Herbert, worried about his fiancée's spending habits, agrees to bet his every last penny on Jerry B., hoping that he'll get a handsome return. At the track, Jerry B. wins the first heat, but loses the second due to a lost shoe. As Uncle George prepares for the third and final race, his ex-wife Rosabelle shows up and demands that he produce all his missed alimony payments. When he tells her that he's penniless, she calls a police officer, who arrests him. Roger, Jones's son, begs Jones to ride Jerry B. in Uncle George's place, as most of the family has invested money in or betted on the horse. Jones at first refuses, as he had earlier proven himself inept on horseback, but when Winnie Mae tells him that if the horse loses, Uncle George would have to stay in jail and she would then have to live with the Jones family forever, Jones plucks up his courage and rides. After an ungraceful and erratic performance, Jones wins the race but refuses to pose for a picture in the winner's circle, as he has lost the seat of his pants. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic, Horse race


Subject

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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