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A Night at the Opera (1935)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music | Musical  -  15 November 1935 (USA)
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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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Walter Woolf King ...
Lassparri (as Walter King)
Sig Ruman ...
Gottlieb (as Siegfried Rumann)
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Edward Keane ...
Captain
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Henderson (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
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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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Runtime:

| (1948 re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In exasperation after several attempts to have Groucho Marx read one of his lines in the manner director Sam Wood had requested, Wood exclaimed, "I guess you just can't make an actor out of clay." Groucho Marx instantly responded, "Nor a director out of Wood." See more »

Goofs

When Harpo Marx plays the harp, the sound is briefly out of sync a couple of times. This is due to the fact that Marx always recorded his harp music in a studio and then synced during the shoot. See more »

Quotes

Otis B. Driftwood: That's the fire escape. And, uh... that's a table, and this is a room, and there's the door leading out, and I wish you'd use it, I... I vant to be alone!
Henderson: You'll be alone when I throw you in jail!
Otis B. Driftwood: Isn't there a song like that, Henderson?
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Soundtracks

Il Trovatore: Miserere
(1853) (uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Leone Emanuele Bardare and Salvatore Cammarano
Sung by Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, and chorus
with The MGM Symphony Orchestra
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The Marx Brothers against the world
1 August 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is probably the best Marx Brothers film. It is certainly my favorite. The brothers destroy pomposity and pretension by the ton. The pieces of comic business were worked out through many live theater performances before the scenes were finally filmed. This craftsmanship never shows, but it pays off completely. The stateroom scene is a classic, and the total devastation of the opera is a delicious piece of craziness.


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