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George S. Kaufman (screen play) and
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Release Date:
15 November 1935 (USA) See more »
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Don't miss it! The funniest picture ever made!
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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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Cast

  (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)
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)
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
Robert Pirosh  draft (uncredited)
Harry Ruby  draft (uncredited)
George Seaton  draft (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
96 min | USA:91 min (1948 re-release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the famous "stateroom" scene, for one shot the door is behind Groucho and directly opposite the camera, whereas in every other shot the door is on the LEFT side of the shot.See more »
Quotes:
Fiorello:[beginning a speech disguised as one of the aviators] Friends.
Otis B. Driftwood:Go fast. I can see a man with a rope out there.
Fiorello:How we happen to come to America is a great story, but I no tell that.
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Soundtrack:
Il Trovatore: Di quella piraSee more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Phantoms of the Opera, 30 May 2006
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (MGM, 1935) directed by Sam Wood, re-introduces the Marx Brothers to the screen following their five years at the Paramount studio (1929-1933) to MGM, this being the start of a new beginning and the end to their wild world of comedy. It also brings forth their most popular comic foil of all, Margaret Dumont, from their Broadway to Paramount days, and the return to a formula story and time out for musical interludes either by the brothers or the romantic lovers originally done in their initial films of THE COCOANUTS (1929) and ANIMAL CRACKERS (1930). Aside from now being The Three Marx Brothers (Zeppo who has since retired), their characters have been toned down a bit, which helps. However, at MGM, with this, their best film for the studio, Groucho and Harpo become victims instead of instigators, with such notable scenes as Harpo employed as a dresser for an abusive opera tenor (Walter Wolfe King) who slaps, hits and uses a whip on him (at one point off camera) whenever getting out of line with his buffoonery, and Groucho, who always wins out in every situation physically and verbally, getting kicked down four flights of stairs, which indicates they are not always indestructible, yet remain in character from the old days whenever possible. Chico retains his wiseacre Italian character, remaining notably the same from his previous efforts, however, things will start to change not for the better for him and his brothers in the movies to follow.

Plot summary: Introduction takes place in Milan, Italy, where Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho) agrees to represent dowager Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont) into society by arranging for her to invest $200,000 to Herman Gottlieb (Sig Ruman), director of the opera company so that he can afford to bring opera singers Rudolpho Lassparri (Walter King) and Rosa Castaldi (Kitty Carlisle) to New York City. Rudolpho loves Rosa, but she is more interested in Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), an unknown singer working as a chorus-man, but with the help of Fiorelli (Chico), acting as his manager, and his partner, Tomasso (Harpo), the trio head for America by becoming stowaways on the S.S. Americus, hiding out in Driftwood's tiny stateroom in order for Ricardo to get his big chance as a singer. After Driftwood and his cronies arrive in at the Metropolitan Opera House, thanks to them in disrupting Rudolpho's performance that the art of opera will never be the same again.

The musical program: "Alone" (sung by Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones) by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed; "Cosi-Cosa" (sung by Allan Jones) by Bronislau Kaper, Walter Jurmann and Ned Washington; "All I Do is Dream of You" (by Brown and Freed/piano solo by Chico Marx); "Alone" (harp solo by Harpo Marx); and selections from Il Trovatore by Guiseppi Verdi: "Di quella pira," "Miserere," "Anvil Chorus," "Stride la Vampa" "Strido lassu" and "Miserere." Allan Jones and Kitty Carlisle doing their duet, "Alone," him on the pear and she from the boat dock, Chico's fast finger piano playing, and Harpo's harp solo in a serious manner as he performs to a little old lady (facial shadow front only) who looks on approvingly, may not be highlights, but are truly memorable moments.

Highlights: Whenever anyone goes into discussion regarding A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, the first thing that comes immediately to mind is that famous state room scene involving Groucho, Chico and the sleeping Harpo, with various others involved, crammed together until the door opens, having them all falling out like dominoes. This hilarious bit is one that's remembered best with fondness and admiration. However, there are others worth noting: The opening where Dumont awaits for Groucho at a restaurant for an hour only to find him at the table behind her eating with another lady, is priceless; Groucho and Chico contract exchanges that becomes a "sanity clause"; arrested stowaway Harpo's attempt in escaping his detention cabin by crawling out of a porthole and hanging onto a rope outside only to be dumped into the ocean; Jones, Chico and Harpo in bearded disguises posing as celebrity aviators to give speeches on coast-to-coast radio, with the silent Harpo covering up his muteness by constantly drinking glasses of water; the disappearance of beds in Groucho's hotel room while the plainclothesman detective (Robert Emmett O'Connor) investigates; and of course, the climactic opera chaos by the Marxes, with one great bit with the orchestra playing the overture to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" after coming to the page with the planted song sheets, with Groucho acting as a vendor yelling "Peanuts! Peanuts!" to the patrons. A classic with Callas.

The supporting players: Newcomer Allan Jones steps in for the role that might have been offered to Zeppo. He is a likable actor with a fine singing voice who performs well opposite Kitty Carlisle (another recruit from Paramount and rare screen appearance, being best known as the TV panelist in the long running quiz show, "To Tell the Truth").

Footnote: It is quite evident that prints that have been circulating since commercial television days isn't complete. Missing footage is quite evident during the opening minutes of the story where the movie originally began with a musical number prior to the restaurant scene involving Groucho and Dumont. At present, this, along with other cut footage, no longer exists. Timed at 96minutes, the 90 minute version is the one available on Turner Classic Movies, VHS and DVD formats. Maybe one of these years a completely restored print of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA will suffice, but for now, this will have to do.

In closing: Get out those opera glasses and have yourself a grand night at the opera. (***1/2)

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