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Duck Soup (1933)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, War  |  17 November 1933 (USA)
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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

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Storyline

The small state of Freedonia is in a financial mess, borrowing a huge sum of cash from wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale. She insists on replacing the current president with crazy Rufus T. Firefly and mayhem erupts. To make matters worse, the neighboring state sends inept spies Chicolini and Pinky to obtain top secret information, creating even more chaos! Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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War Is Swell ...when the Marx Brothers are in it. They'll be out of the trenches by Christmas...if the food doesn't improve

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Comedy | Musical | War

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17 November 1933 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Vera was Trentino's niece in early drafts. See more »

Goofs

When Firefly arrives at his reception, he is wearing a dark swallowtail coat. Then after Mrs. Teasdale greets him, we go to a two shot, and Firefly is now wearing a lighter shade jacket with dark piping and a glove in the breast pocket. When Ambassador Trentino enters, Firefly is again wearing the swallowtail coat, which he retains until the very last shot of that scene, when he is again wearing the lighter jacket, without the glove in the pocket. See more »

Quotes

Rufus T. Firefly: Chicolini, give me a number from one to ten.
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The Marx Brothers At Their Very Best
1 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of reasons why so many different reviewers suggest that "Duck Soup" is a genuine candidate for the funniest movie ever made. It has the Marx brothers at their very best, with rapid-fire laughs combining with a satirical "plot" that is very funny in itself, without getting in the way of the individual comedy sequences that are the real highlight of the film. Their timing and material are as good here as they ever have been.

The Marx brothers are still beloved today because when at their best, they treated their audience to a lot of riotous slapstick that cannot be watched without laughing, while at the same time rewarding their viewers for paying attention with a steady stream of puns, deadpan one-liners, brief sight gags, and other subtler humor. The more you watch, the more you notice.

"Duck Soup" has a lot of their very best material, and everyone has their own favorite scenes, whether it is the mirror sequence, or Chico and Harpo giving their report to Louis Calhern, or the street vendor scenes, or ... . The variety of comic settings and comic material is amazing, and when you add in the entertaining musical sequences (which again are particularly good in this one), it is a feast that never stops.

Any Marx brothers fan has seen this one several times, and does not need to be reminded what great fun it is. If you have never watched one of their films, give this one a try.




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