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A Night at the Opera -- The zany Marx Brothers turn an operatic performance into chaos in their efforts to promote their protégé's romance with the leading lady.


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Release Date:
15 November 1935 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Groucho Marx ... Otis B. Driftwood

Chico Marx ... Fiorello

Harpo Marx ... Tomasso

Kitty Carlisle ... Rosa

Allan Jones ... Ricardo
Walter Woolf King ... Lassparri (as Walter King)
Sig Ruman ... Gottlieb (as Siegfried Rumann)

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Claypool
Edward Keane ... Captain
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Henderson (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Acosta ... Nightclub Guest (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Doorman (uncredited)
Sam Appel ... Dungeon Guard (uncredited)
King Baggot ... Dignitary (uncredited)
Marion Bell ... Singer (uncredited)
Edna Bennett ... Maid (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Immigration Inspector (uncredited)
Loie Bridge ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Lorraine Bridges ... Louisa (uncredited)
Ettore Campana ... Bit in 'I Pagliacci' (uncredited)
Nina Campana ... Bit in 'I Pagliacci' (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Alex Chivra ... Shipboard Cook (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Policeman (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... First Porter (uncredited)
Gennaro Curci ... Doorman (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Olga Dane ... Azucena in "Il Trovatore" (uncredited)
Bill Days ... Singer in Chorus (uncredited)
Mario Dominici ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Cop (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Aviator (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel ... Bit in 'I Pagliacci' (uncredited)
Ruth Fanchon ... Dancer (uncredited)
Adolph Faylauer ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Bit in 'I Pagliacci' (uncredited)
Harry Fleischmann ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Otto - Elevator Operator (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Alexander Giglio ... Bit in 'I Pagliacci' (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Orchestra Member Asking Fiorello Not to Play Piano (uncredited)
William Gould ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Stage Manager in Opera Box Who Announces Gottlieb's Disappearance (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Policeman (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Lew Hicks ... Policeman (uncredited)
Luther Hoobyar ... Ruiz (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos ... Count di Luna (uncredited)

George Irving ... Committeeman (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Committeeman (uncredited)

Gwen Lee ... Driftwood's Dining Companion (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Engineer's Assistant (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Committeeman (uncredited)
Tandy MacKenzie ... Tenor in 'Di quella pira' (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Jerry Mandy ... Second Porter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Ship Officer / Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Opera Doorman (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Policeman (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Manager's Assistant (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Policeman (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Dignitary (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Field Norton ... Manager's Assistant (uncredited)
Alex Novinsky ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Stagehand (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Maid (uncredited)
Claude Payton ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Committee Man (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Purnell Pratt ... Mayor (uncredited)
Hal Price ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Rita ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Milton Royce ... Ship Passenger / Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Rubin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Annette Ruderman ... Girl in Ballroom (uncredited)
Alexander Schoenberg ... Violinist in Orchestra (uncredited)
Earl Seaman ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Aviator (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney ... Ship Passenger / Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Committeeman (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Ship's Steward (uncredited)
John St. Polis ... Conductor, New York Opera (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Man at Launch (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ludovico Tomarchio ... Bit in 'I Pagliacci' (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Sign Painter (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Shipboard Dinner Party Guest / Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Harry 'Zoup' Welsh ... Ship's Steward (uncredited)
Leo White ... Aviator (uncredited)
James J. Wolf ... Ferrando in 'Il Trovatore' (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Engineer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Wood 
Edmund Goulding (uncredited)
Writing credits
George S. Kaufman (screen play) and
Morrie Ryskind (screen play)

James Kevin McGuinness (from a story by)

Al Boasberg  additional dialogue (uncredited)
Bert Kalmar  draft (uncredited)
Buster Keaton  uncredited
George Oppenheimer  uncredited
Robert Pirosh  draft (uncredited)
Harry Ruby  draft (uncredited)
George Seaton  draft (uncredited)
Carey Wilson  uncredited

Produced by
Irving Thalberg .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William LeVanway (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lesley Selander .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ben Carré .... associate art director (as Ben Carre)
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Harry Albiez .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound editor (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Allen .... electrician (uncredited)
Pop Arnold .... key grip (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Floyd Porter .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Riley .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Tanner .... still photographer (uncredited)
Arnold Webster .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Lamkoff .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music recordist (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Taylor .... vocal coach: chorus (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Harold Zweifel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Chester Hale .... dances by
Howard Dietz .... publicist (uncredited)
George S. Kaufman .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Enrico Ricardi .... whistling double: Harpo Marx (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
96 min | USA:91 min (1948 re-release)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (re-rating) (2004) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1936) | South Korea:12 (2004) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #1613) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Groucho Marx does a very brief Jack Benny impression in the film. After Otis P. Driftwood makes the speech to the audience, Groucho gestures to the orchestra pit and says, "Play, Don!" This is a Benny line from the radio series; his orchestra leader, Don Bestor, was always cued this way (by the way, Bestor originated the J-e-l-l-O jingle for the Benny show).See more »
Continuity: When Driftwood escapes from Gotlieb, you can see the far view of Gottlieb shaking his arm and saying 'That sweinhund!' In the next shot, he does it again.See more »
Otis B. Driftwood:Let's go in my room and talk the situation over.
Mrs. Claypool:What situation?
Otis B. Driftwood:Well, er... what situations have you got?
Mrs. Claypool:I most certainly will not go to your room.
Otis B. Driftwood:OK, then I'll stay here.
Mrs. Claypool:All right, all right, all right! I'll come, but get out.
Otis B. Driftwood:Shall we say, uh, ten minutes?
Mrs. Claypool:Yes, ten minutes, anything. But go!
Otis B. Driftwood:Because if you're not there in ten minutes, I'll be back here in eleven. With squeaky shoes on!
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Great Marx Brothers Entertainment, 18 June 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

"A Night at the Opera" is great Marx Brothers entertainment. It has comedy, music, and a good cast - everything except Zeppo, who by this time had left the act. It fully deserves its reputation as one of the two best Marx Brothers films, along with "Duck Soup".

"A Night at the Opera" is probably slightly less funny than "Duck Soup" (it is no criticism to say that of any film), but it has more of a story to connect the great comic bits. There is a good supporting cast in both films - here Sig Ruman is especially funny, in addition to the perennial Margaret Dumont. It also has several fairly long musical interludes - some are operatic, but the most entertaining is Chico and Harpo's impromptu shipboard entertainment.

Of course, the real attraction in any of these films is the comedy, and there are some memorable bits in this one. The contract negotiations between Chico and Groucho, and the scene in Groucho's stateroom, are especially hilarious, and you have to see the stateroom scene more than once to catch everything. And for sustained zany humor, the climactic sequence at the opera might be the funniest part of all.

This is certainly a must for Marx Brothers fans.

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