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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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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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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)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Wood's stuffiness made him the perfect target for The Marx Brothers. The director had an ulcer, so he started each day with a big glass of milk. The brothers began to have it delivered to him in a baby bottle - a joke Wood never got. He also imposed a fine for being late to the set, which Groucho was in favor of at first. But Chico and Harpo nailed their brother's garage door shut, making him the first to pay the $50 penalty. Then the three turned the penalty into a game, betting on who would be the next to be fined. Wood eventually abandoned the idea. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the opera, Gottlieb (having just called Groucho Marx a "Schweinehund") is in the balcony with Mrs. Claypool. The next shot shows the conductor calling the orchestra to attention, and in the background Mrs. Claypool is now alone in the balcony. See more »

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Il Trovatore: Di quella pira
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I Appreciate This One Now!
21 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't fully appreciate this film until my second viewing. Now I think it's one of the better Marx Brothers film. The film - filled with funny lines - has all the familiar MB trappings: good slapstick, good and bad jokes and routines, wild scenes, several musical numbers and general overall chaos.

The only thing not appealing to me in the film were some of the songs - not all, just some. Otherwise, it was all fun as Groucho, Chico and Harpo all share humorous lines and/or sight gags. Kitty Carlisle doesn't offer much in the way of a young beauty but it was still interesting to see her at this age as I had only known her through her "To Tell The Truth" television days. Alan Jones, meanwhile, is a pleasing singer and a nice guy, as always.

This is the film with the famous scene involving a ton of people being stuffed into Groucho's small cabin room. It's more amazing than funny. My favorite scenes were when Groucho and Chico got into discussions and trade lines back-and- forth. I also laughed heartily at the finale with Harpo swinging like Tarzan at the opera house.

In all, a funny MB film, one of the boys' better efforts. I play it with the English subtitles so as not to miss any of the great lines of dialog in here.


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