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John Francis Dillon
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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The elevator operator uses the old movie trick of rising from a squatting position to make it appear that the car is rising from the ground floor. Unfortunately, the white elevator certificate over his left shoulder remains motionless the entire time. See more »
This is the finest single comedy in the history of American film (barring outright satire and baldfaced slapstick). That is, this is the "everyman's" comedy of American film. If you can't find something to laugh about here, visit a psychiatrist, you've really got a problem.
On a more serious note, I must admit that the long pauses that were interjected into the film to accommodate audience laughter grow less and less tolerable over time, and it would be worth something to have these removed for a limited special edition release.
Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.
Other comedians could parody Hitler; only the Marxes could parody war (Duck Soup) and then swing around and, by parodying opera (Night at the Opera), remind us that the grand scheme of monsters doesn't amount to much compared to a sweet melody, a colorful dance, or the wink of a lover.
Without ever performing a scene from Shakespeare, the Marx Bros. brought the Bard's humor up to date.
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