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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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The Marx Brothers At Their Very Best See more (236 total) »

Cast

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

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

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)

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Trivia:
When asked what the political significance of this film was, Groucho Marx reportedly said, "What significance? We were just four Jews trying to get a laugh."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the beginning of Chicolini's judgment, Firefly changes his right arm position from one shot to another.See more »
Quotes:
Rufus T. Firefly:Now that you're Secretary of War, what kind of an army do you think we ought to have?
Chicolini:Well, I tell you what I think, I think we should have a standing army.
Rufus T. Firefly:Why should we have a standing army?
Chicolini:Because then we save money on chairs.
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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The Marx Brothers At Their Very Best, 1 June 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

There are a lot of reasons why so many different reviewers suggest that "Duck Soup" is a genuine candidate for the funniest movie ever made. It has the Marx brothers at their very best, with rapid-fire laughs combining with a satirical "plot" that is very funny in itself, without getting in the way of the individual comedy sequences that are the real highlight of the film. Their timing and material are as good here as they ever have been.

The Marx brothers are still beloved today because when at their best, they treated their audience to a lot of riotous slapstick that cannot be watched without laughing, while at the same time rewarding their viewers for paying attention with a steady stream of puns, deadpan one-liners, brief sight gags, and other subtler humor. The more you watch, the more you notice.

"Duck Soup" has a lot of their very best material, and everyone has their own favorite scenes, whether it is the mirror sequence, or Chico and Harpo giving their report to Louis Calhern, or the street vendor scenes, or ... . The variety of comic settings and comic material is amazing, and when you add in the entertaining musical sequences (which again are particularly good in this one), it is a feast that never stops.

Any Marx brothers fan has seen this one several times, and does not need to be reminded what great fun it is. If you have never watched one of their films, give this one a try.



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