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
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This film was first telecast in New York City Wednesday 5 December 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2); it eventually found its way to San Francisco where it received its local television premiere 31 January 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7), but it was not telecast in Los Angeles until Wednesday 28 December 1960 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »
Lasspari is "abducted" from the stage as he is singing the famous "Di Quella Pira" aria from the opera "Il Trovatore". In the real opera, the hero sings the aria as he musters his followers to save his mother, whom he has just learned has been sentenced (offstage) by the Count di Luna to be burnt alive. In the film, he is singing the aria...to his mother. See more »
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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