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The country of Freedonia is in the middle of a financial crisis and on the brink of revolution. In order to gain a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs Teasdale, the government appoints Rufus T Firefly as its president. However, Mr Firefly shuns the pomp and pretentiousness of government; along with the prudence and rationality of it too. Meanwhile, the neighbouring country of Sylvania is plotting to overthrow Freedonia and sends Pinky and Chicolini to spy on Firefly. War seems inevitable. Written by
While this may not be a "goof" but only an example of the general zaniness of the film, the scene in which Firefly is first presented as the new head of state is supposed to take place in the morning (the gag of Groucho being woken at just the right moment by his alarm clock and having to slide down a fire pole to arrive -- late -- at the reception, the call for "His Excellency's car" with Harpo driving off and leaving Groucho stranded in the sidecar, taking place in broad daylight, etc.). Yet all of the attendees at the presentation reception are clearly in formal evening dress (the women are wearing floor-length evening gowns, the non-military men, including Ambassador Trentino, are in black tie and "tails", etc.). Perhaps ironically, only Groucho himself is -- appropriately -- wearing a swallow-tailed morning coat (albeit one that looks like it hasn't seen the dry cleaner's for some time). See more »
Well, here we are with another wild and hilarious Marx Brothers farce, this time with Groucho taking over a small country and winding up in war with a neighboring one.
There really isn't much of a story but with the Marx Brothers that doesn't matter. Many times their movies were vehicles for their vaudeville acts of funny lines, slapstick gags and musical talent.
Two differences in this film than most others from the boys: 1 - Zeppo has a number of lines. Usually, he's the almost-forgotten brother in this foursome, either with little to say or not even in the film. 2 - Harpo doesn't play the harp, but he gets in on his share of the gags, which are always dominated by Groucho and Chico (my personal favorite).
Fantastic dialog makes this version one of the best of them all. There are just tons of funny (and, yes, very dated) lines in this movie and having Duck Soup out on DVD making the sound clearer helps, too. Lots of laughs.
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