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Duck Soup (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, War | 17 November 1933 (USA)
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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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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Cracked Ice  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leo McCarey reportedly came up with the title for the film, having previously used it for an earlier directorial effort with Laurel & Hardy. See more »

Goofs

Firefly's standing position while he's singing with his trousers up. See more »

Quotes

Rufus T. Firefly: [Pinky has been "responding" to questioning by Rufus T. Firefly by showing drawings on various parts of his body] Well, I know one thing - I bet you haven't got a picture of my grandfather!
Rufus T. Firefly: [Pinky nods vigorously in the affirmative, takes off his coat, pulls up his shirt and is about to pull down his trousers] Uh uh, not now!
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Connections

Featured in The Movie Orgy (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

One Hour with You
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Best comedy movie ever made
20 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Duck Soup" is so funny that you can watch it with the sound off and you will still laugh hysterically. Of course, then you would miss some of the best dialog in comedy history, especially from Groucho Marx, who may be the funniest human being ever. How many other comedians or comics can you name that have excelled at both physical comedy and at telling jokes? The sight gags are brilliant and perfectly timed; a big influence on other comedies that reaches all the way to "A Hard Day's Night," as well as the "Monty Python's Flying Circus" TV series. Some of the jokes in this movie fly by very fast, so each repeated viewing reveals something new. I believe this movie bombed when originally released, but then again so did "It's A Wonderful Life."


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