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Duck Soup (1933)
not as good as everyone seems to think!
I have watched several Groucho Marx interviews and Skits and shows on TV. He is a VERY funny and witty man. his come-backs are fast and hilarious. (a real comic). So I was eager to watch Duck Soup. (it has been highly reviewed here on IMDb). Almost the entire movie I was waiting for something funny. but unfortunately, this movie fell very short! Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy etc are slapstick comedians too, but do it with much more elegance and style. But duck soup is just childish playground humour which wasn't even that funny. very repetitive. The ONLY scene that was remotely clever and humorous was the "mirror Scene". (which was original at the time of this movie, and I can see that this idea has been copied by several other comedians and movies since), but you can't expect ONE decent scene to prop up an entire movie.
People that rate this 10 out of 10 are most likely remembering watching it as a kid and remember the laughs they had. but I don't feel they are really reviewing this movie by todays standards. Other 1930's comedies (such as 'Bringing up Baby' or 'Modern Times') are in a different league.
I believe that if Groucho Marx had helped to write the script, the movie would have been far better.