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Director:
Writers:
Bert Kalmar (story) and
Harry Ruby (story) ...
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Release Date:
17 November 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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 » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The Best Comedy of All Time See more (237 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
68 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:6 | Ireland:G | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Passed (PCA #1370-R, 31 August 1935) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini banned the film from Italy because he thought it was a direct attack on him. When news of this reached The Marx Brothers, they were reportedly ecstatic.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Pinky runs into the mirror, it naturally shatters. But the broken glass immediately disappears.See more »
Quotes:
Rufus T. Firefly:[to Trentino] Now, how about lending this country twenty million dollars, you old skinflint?
Ambassador Trentino:Twenty million dollars is a lot of money. I'd have to take that up with my Minister of Finance.
Rufus T. Firefly:Well, in the meantime, could you let me have twelve dollars until payday?
Ambassador Trentino:Twelve dollars?
Rufus T. Firefly:Don't be scared, you'll get it back. I'll give you my personal note for ninety days. If it isn't paid by then, you can... keep the note.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
One Hour with YouSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
List: The mirror gag
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70 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
The Best Comedy of All Time, 15 August 1998
Author: JRenee from Bremerton, WA

Many will say that Airplane or anything by Woody Allen rates this summary but I strongly disagree. There are very few pleasures on earth as hearing Groucho insult people, Chico's murder of the English language, or seeing Harpo's physical comedy. In this movie you have it all. From Groucho's entrance in the first scene to the bombing of the shelter while defending Margaret Dumont's "honor", there is not one slow moment. Like the great screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s, this movie does not require special effects or offensive dialogue to make it watchable over and over again. The only thing that this movie does require is your attention and a quick finger on the rewind button. (For when you miss something, and on the first viewing you will) All in all, this is the all time best comedy, political or otherwise.

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