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Duck Soup -- A pointed political satire, Duck Soup is the Marx Brothers' funniest and most insane film.


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Bert Kalmar (story) and
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Release Date:
17 November 1933 (USA) See more »
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
Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I Wouldn't Join Any Country that Would Have Me. See more (245 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

The Marx Brothers (as The Four Marx Brothers)

Groucho Marx ... Rufus T. Firefly

Harpo Marx ... Pinky

Chico Marx ... Chicolini
Zeppo Marx ... Bob Roland

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Teasdale
Raquel Torres ... Vera Marcal

Louis Calhern ... Trentino
Edmund Breese ... Zander
Leonid Kinskey ... Agitator (as Leonid Kinsky)

Charles Middleton ... Prosecutor (as Charles B. Middleton)
Edgar Kennedy ... Street Vendor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Arnold ... Politician (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Officer at Battle Headquarters (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Mrs. Teasdale's Butler (uncredited)
E.H. Calvert ... Officer in Battle Sequence (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Minister of Finance #2 (uncredited)
Louise Closser Hale ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Dignitary at Reception (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Mario Dominici ... Minister (uncredited)
Maude Turner Gordon ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Verna Hillie ... Trentino's Blonde Secretary (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Secretary of Labor (uncredited)
George MacQuarrie ... First Judge (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Freedonia's Secretary. of War #1 (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Third Judge (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Minister (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Bridegroom at Firefly's Reception (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Agitator (uncredited)
Frederick Sullivan ... Second Judge (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... A Palace Guard (uncredited)
Charles West ... Minister (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
William Worthington ... First Minister of Finance (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
Writing credits
Bert Kalmar (story) and
Harry Ruby (story)

Arthur Sheekman (additional dialogue) and
Nat Perrin (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Herman J. Mankiewicz .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp (photographed by)
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
Wiard Ihnen (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Caplan .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Lindgren .... recording engineer (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Edward Dmytryk .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bert Kalmar .... music and lyrics by
Harry Ruby .... music and lyrics by
Arthur Johnston .... music advisor (uncredited)
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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Australia:G | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:6 | Ireland:G | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Passed (PCA #1370-R, 31 August 1935) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The Marx Brothers chose Leo McCarey to direct after seeing his film The Kid from Spain (1932).See more »
Continuity: When Firefly sings with his trousers up, he puts his left hand behind him holding the cigar. In the following shot, when he yells "My car!", the cigar has disappeared.See more »
Ambassador Trentino:Now will you tell me what happened on Saturday?
Chicolini:I'm glad you ask me. We follow this man down to a roadhouse, and at this roadhouse he meet a married lady.
Ambassador Trentino:A married lady?
Chicolini:Yeah, I think it was his wife.
Ambassador Trentino:Firefly has no wife!
Ambassador Trentino:No!
Chicolini:Then you know what I think, boss?
Ambassador Trentino:What?
Chicolini:I think-a we follow the wrong man.
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Referenced in 1408 (2007)See more »
Military Polonaise in C minor, Op. 40, No. 2See more »


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87 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
I Wouldn't Join Any Country that Would Have Me., 28 November 2004
Author: jcohen1 from LI

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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