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Director:
Writers:
George S. Kaufman (screen play) and
Morrie Ryskind (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
15 November 1935 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Don't miss it! The funniest picture ever made!
Plot:
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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Awards:
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User Reviews:
The best Marx Brothers film, the best comedy, the best everything See more (133 total) »

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

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Trivia:
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #85 Greatest American Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the overture to "Il Trovatore" when the orchestra members turn their pages and immediately launch into "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" you can see that their score consists of two pages of sheet music side by side. If they were really following it they should have continued playing the correct music from the opera on the left-hand page before they came upon the baseball anthem, which sits atop the right-hand page where Harpo Marx placed it earlier.See more »
Quotes:
Fiorello:What'll I say?
Otis B. Driftwood:Tell them you're not here.
Fiorello:Suppose they don't believe me?
Otis B. Driftwood:They'll believe you when you start talking.
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The best Marx Brothers film, the best comedy, the best everything, 1 January 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"A Night at the Opera" is one of those films you can see dozens of times and laugh just as hard as you did the first time. The brothers get mixed up with an opera company and a divo and diva in love - Allan Jones and Kitty Carlisle, and trying to get the two to perform together.

The one-liners come so fast - you keep thinking you'll remember them, but one is funnier than the next. I do remember what Groucho says when he sees the gypsy Azucena in the opera, however. "How would you like to feel how she looks?" The stateroom scene is, of course, a classic, and my favorite part is when Groucho tells the housekeeper, "I want two pillows on that bed" and Harpo sound asleep and being moved everywhere, including onto a tray of food.

But nothing beats the last half hour - the performance of "Il Trovatore" with Harpo using the stage ropes like Tarzan, and Chico playing baseball in the orchestra while Groucho sells peanuts. They have replaced part of the overture with "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

Allan Jones plays the tenor Ricardo Baroni who is hoping for his break. Why they cast the blond Jones as a tenor named Baroni - well, there you go. He sings very well and is quite handsome. Kitty Carlisle is the diva waiting, petite and pretty and singing music out of her vocal type, with the exception of "Alone." "Stridono lassu" and Leonora in Trovatore were both much too heavy for her. She does sing well and what a woman - she's still alive and recently performed at a New York supper club recently at the age of 95.

The only problem with any Marx Brothers film is that when they aren't in front of the camera, suddenly their films become very slow. Because I was trained in opera and have some interest in it, this was less the case than with some of their other films. They were too magical, too energetic, and too darn funny to ever share a spotlight with anyone else. Thank goodness they did, though, as they left us with many treasures. This is one.

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