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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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Walter Woolf King ...
Lassparri (as Walter King)
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Gottlieb (as Siegfried Rumann)
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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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Don't miss it! The funniest picture ever made!

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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)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the movie was to be edited for length, Allan Jones' song "Alone" was almost cut. Jones pleaded his case to producer Irving Thalberg, who replied, "The Marx Brothers know their comedy, and you know songs. I'll keep it in." "Alone" went on to become the only hit song from a Marx Brothers film. See more »

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awfully good but too much singing
6 February 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is the first and probably the best Marx Brothers film made by MGM. Unlike later MGM/Marx collaborations, this film has energy and creativity. However, it also has LOTS of singing--hence, the title of the movie. That means in addition to the usual Chico and Harpo songs, there is a lot of operatic-type stuff from the duo of Jones and Carlisle. For me, these songs were frankly the low-point of the picture, but for some dumb reason, Hollywood's conventional wisdom was that comedies MUST have musical numbers to be appreciated by wider audiences. This same formula was foisted upon WC Fields, Abbott and Costello and even Laurel and Hardy. However, this movie is th rare exception that is STILL good in spite of the pointless songs.


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