Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Sport
A veterinarian posing as a doctor and a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.
Al Boasberg, the man most responsible for shaping the early comic persona of Jack Benny, was initially given top billing among the film's writers. In what was to become one of the first major disputes over film writing credit, Boasberg (primarily a gag man) sought sole credit for the comedic scenes, leaving credit for the screenplay itself to Robert Pirosh and George Seaton. MGM bitterly fought this and punished Boasberg by listing him under the others. A furious Boasberg had his name removed from the film completely.
Who's Doctor Hackenbush?
Tony: I don't know. But if she wants a Hac-ken-a-bush, she's gonna get a Hac-ken-a-pus.
During the water festival, in one close-up Gil's boat rotates but comes to a very sudden stop, instead of slowing in its turn first, showing it wasn't actually on the water at the time.
After the film's opening two musical numbers featuring the songs "I'm Dr. Hackenbush" and "I've got a message from the man in the moon" were removed. This footage is now believed to have been destroyed.
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