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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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Director:
Writers:
Bert Kalmar (story) and
Harry Ruby (story) ...
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Release Date:
17 November 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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
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 » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Yes, it lives up to its reputation See more (244 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)
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)
 
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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:
Firefly (Groucho Marx) says, "The Headstrongs married the Armstrongs, and that's why darkies were born," a reference to a 1931 popular song "That's Why Darkies Were Born", written by Ray Henderson and Lew Brown and originally sung by Kate Smith (and later by Paul Robeson).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Firefly arrives at his reception, he is wearing a dark swallowtail coat. Then after Mrs. Teasdale greets him, we go to a two shot, and Firefly is now wearing a lighter shade jacket with dark piping and a glove in the breast pocket. When Ambassador Trentino enters, Firefly is again wearing the swallowtail coat, which he retains until the very last shot of that scene, when he is again wearing the lighter jacket, without the glove in the pocket.See more »
Quotes:
Rufus T. Firefly:[trying to decide if Chicolini, Firefly, Pinky, or Bob Roland will make a suicidal run into no-mans-land to get help] One of us has got to go get word to General Cooper and his men. One of us has got to go and risk his life for his country!
Bob Roland:Let's draw straws.
Chicolini:No! I gots an idea. We have a runspot to see who we choose to go. Okay, here we go. Rrrrrrringspot! One-sa, two-sa, zig-zag-zav, poptie, gimmega, tin-lie, tav, harem, scarem, moychan, tarem, tare, tore...
[realizes that he's about to land on himself]
[...]
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Soundtrack:
Good Night, SweetheartSee more »

FAQ

What does "Duck Soup" mean?
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26 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Yes, it lives up to its reputation, 1 November 2005
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

Probably the Marx Brothers' most famous comedy, "Duck Soup" is a hilarious and wacky slapstick comedy that even manages to take a stab at politics. Groucho plays Rufus Firefly, who is appointed the new president of Freedonia. He has a dubious stance on work ethic and attempts to cut work hours by reducing the length of employee lunch breaks.

Mrs. Teasdale, who has donated twenty million dollars to the failing country, becomes the object of affection for Rufus, who has to battle for her hand against Ambassador Trentino of the neighboring country Sylvania. Soon their tumult escalates and war is declared between the two countries.

Most people who comment on this film seem to indicate that they saw it at a very young age and have grown up with it. I can honestly say I wasn't given the opportunity to ever see it until recently, when I finally managed to watch it on Turner Classic Movies, completely uninterrupted.

Although it is not consistently laugh-out-loud, tears-in-your-eyes hilarious, "Duck Soup" is very funny - and not quite as outrageous as I had expected. There's a lot going on here, aside from silly physical humor.

The Marx Brothers are great as usual and as usual Groucho steals the show.

Ultimately if you've never seen this, you need to go rent it out right now. If you have seen it, you already know how great it is and why it deserves its reputation as one of the most beloved comedies ever made.

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