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Duck Soup (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical  -  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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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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Comedy | Musical

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17 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Cracked Ice  »

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Trivia

The hat-swapping routine performed by Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, and Edgar Kennedy, was reportedly the inspiration for a similar scene in the French stage play Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett. See more »

Goofs

When we first see Edgar Kennedy (the lemonade vendor), a cord is visibly hanging from the back of his derby. The cord then disappears and reappears when Pinky switches hats with him. See more »

Quotes

Rufus T. Firefly: Dig trenches, with our men being killed off like flies? There isn't time to dig trenches. We'll have to buy them ready made. Here, run out and get some trenches. Wait a minute, get 'em this high...
[gestures to his chin]
Rufus T. Firefly: and our soldiers won't need any pants. Wait a minute, get 'em this high...
[gestures over his head]
Rufus T. Firefly: and we won't need any soldiers!
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Referenced in An American Tail (1986) See more »

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Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf
(1933) (uncredited)
Written by Frank Churchill and Ted Sears
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I Wouldn't Join Any Country that Would Have Me.
28 November 2004 | by (LI) – See all my reviews

I'm shocked, shocked at all the negative comments covering this comedy classic. The puns, the insults, are all now comedy classics. The Lemonade Stand & the Mirror Scenes also memorable. I hadn't seen the movie in around 15 years but bought the DVD so my 15 year old son could experience the Marxes. He loved it too.

What I noticed for the first time was the satire of society, manners, government, the military, the bureaucracy (including Roberts Rules of Order). I can't recall any other comedy I've seen that satirizes on such a grand scale.

For Marx Brothers fans this is a must see. It's the boys with no love story or musical interludes in the way.

One word for those who disagree- "Upstart". :-)


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