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A Night at the Opera (1935)

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A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies.

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Storyline

The Marx Brothers take on high society. Two lovers who are both in opera are prevented from being together by the man's lack of acceptance as an operatic tenor. Pulling several typical Marx Brothers' stunts, they arrange for the normal tenor to be absent so that the young lover can get his chance. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Music | Musical

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Release Date:

15 November 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Noite na Ópera  »

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| (1948 re-release)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Sig Ruman makes his first of three appearances in The Marx Brothers films. See more »

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When Otis Driftwood arrives at his "suite" on the boat, the first time he enters, the room is small. And in the next shots of the room, we see that the room is a little bigger. The pipe that's in the room is closer to the back wall in the first version of the room, and more in the middle in the second version. There's also a 2 light wall sconce in the big room that doesn't appear in the small one. See more »

Quotes

Otis B. Driftwood: [talking about "the greatest tenor in the world"] Do you know America is waiting to hear him sing?
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Otis B. Driftwood: Well, I think I can get America to meet him halfway.
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Alone
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Kitty Carlisle (uncredited) and Allan Jones (uncredited)
Also played on the harp and whistled by Harpo Marx (uncredited) (whistling dubbed by Enrico Ricardi (uncredited))
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Great Marx Brothers Entertainment
18 June 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

"A Night at the Opera" is great Marx Brothers entertainment. It has comedy, music, and a good cast - everything except Zeppo, who by this time had left the act. It fully deserves its reputation as one of the two best Marx Brothers films, along with "Duck Soup".

"A Night at the Opera" is probably slightly less funny than "Duck Soup" (it is no criticism to say that of any film), but it has more of a story to connect the great comic bits. There is a good supporting cast in both films

  • here Sig Ruman is especially funny, in addition to the perennial Margaret


Dumont. It also has several fairly long musical interludes - some are operatic, but the most entertaining is Chico and Harpo's impromptu shipboard entertainment.

Of course, the real attraction in any of these films is the comedy, and there are some memorable bits in this one. The contract negotiations between Chico and Groucho, and the scene in Groucho's stateroom, are especially hilarious, and you have to see the stateroom scene more than once to catch everything. And for sustained zany humor, the climactic sequence at the opera might be the funniest part of all.

This is certainly a must for Marx Brothers fans.


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