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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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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)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kitty Carlisle initially refused to take the part when she was asked to mime to someone else's voice. She won, and the song she performs, "Alone", later became her signature tune. See more »

Goofs

When Harpo Marx is playing the harp, he is whistling. The fourth time he whistles, we hear his whistle but he doesn't move his mouth until about a second later. See more »

Quotes

Captain: Ladies and gentleman. It's a great pleasure that I welcome you all to the final night of the voyage.
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Soundtracks

The Prisoner's Song (If I Had the Wings of an Angel)
(1924) (uncredited)
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Partially in the score when the boys are placed in detention
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Along with "Duck Soup" this is the Marx Brothers best movie
8 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Classic comedy involving Otis P. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) trying to get Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont) into high society--and romancing her to get her money. He figures opera is the best way and gets involved with Chico, Harpo and rising opera singers Rosa Castaldi (Kitty Carlisle) and Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones).

The plot doesn't really matter too much--it's just a jumping off point for the Marx Brothers to stage one hysterical scene after another. The jokes fly fast and furious and there are quite a few standout scenes: Chico and Groucho negotiating a contract; the infamous stateroom scene; Harpo, Chico and Jones impersonating three airmen; the brothers fooling a policeman by switching furniture from room to room and the total destruction of the opera "Il Travatore" at the end.

This is also one of the few Marx Brothers movies that's not destroyed by an unnecessary romance or lousy sings. Carlisle and Jones make an engaging couple and the two big songs--"Cosi Cosa" and "Alone"--are actually pretty good. "Alone" actually became a big hit back when this movie was released. The only bad points here are Chico and Harpos obligatory piano and harp solos--but those are small points in the whole movie.

I'm really surprised this isn't in IMDb's top 100 movies--this is a true comedy classic. A 10 all the way.


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