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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 »
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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 » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(127 articles)
Warp collaborators launch Duck Soup
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User Reviews:
I Wouldn't Join Any Country that Would Have Me. See more (239 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:
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:
Vera was Trentino's niece in early drafts.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When we first see Edgar Kennedy (the lemonade vendor), a cord is visibly hanging from the back of his derby. The cord then disappears and reappears when Pinky switches hats with him.See more »
Quotes:
Prosecutor:Chicolini, when were you born?
Chicolini:I don't-a remember. I was just a little baby.
Prosecutor:Isn't it true you tried to sell Freedonia's secret war code and plans?
Chicolini:Sure, I sold a code and two pair of plans.
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Soundtrack:
The Sailor's HornpipeSee more »

FAQ

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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
List: The mirror gag
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83 out of 97 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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