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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

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(as The Four Marx Brothers)
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Rufus T. Firefly
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Pinky
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Chicolini
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Bob Roland
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Mrs. Gloria Teasdale
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Vera Marcal
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Ambassador Trentino
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Zander
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Sylvanian Agitator (as Leonid Kinsky)
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Prosecutor (as Charles B. Middleton)
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Lemonade Vendor
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Politician (uncredited)
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Officer at Battle Headquarters (uncredited)
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Mrs. Teasdale's Butler (uncredited)
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Officer in Battle Sequence (uncredited)
Davison Clark ...
Minister of Finance #2 (uncredited)
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Reception Guest (uncredited)
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Dignitary at Reception (uncredited)
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Reception Guest (uncredited)
Mario Dominici ...
Minister (uncredited)
Maude Turner Gordon ...
Reception Guest (uncredited)
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Trentino's Blonde Secretary (uncredited)
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Secretary of Labor (uncredited)
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Judge #1 (uncredited)
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Freedonia's Secretary of War #1 (uncredited)
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Judge #3 (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Minister (uncredited)
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Bridegroom at Firefly's Reception (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ...
Agitator (uncredited)
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Judge #2 (uncredited)
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A Palace Guard (uncredited)
Charles West ...
Minister (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Reception Guest (uncredited)
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Minister of Finance #1 (uncredited)

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Leo McCarey

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Bert Kalmar ... (story) and
Harry Ruby ... (story)
 
Arthur Sheekman ... (additional dialogue) and
Nat Perrin ... (additional dialogue)

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Herman J. Mankiewicz ... producer (uncredited)

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John Leipold ... (uncredited)

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Henry Sharp ... (photographed by)

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LeRoy Stone ... (uncredited)

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Edward Dmytryk ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Hans Dreier ... (uncredited)
Wiard Ihnen ... (uncredited)

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Harry Caplan ... props (uncredited)

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Harry Lindgren ... recording engineer (uncredited)

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Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)

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Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera (uncredited)

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Bert Kalmar ... music and lyrics by
Harry Ruby ... music and lyrics by
Arthur Johnston ... music advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The country of Freedonia is in the middle of a financial crisis and on the brink of revolution. In order to gain a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs Teasdale, the government appoints Rufus T Firefly as its president. However, Mr Firefly shuns the pomp and pretentiousness of government; along with the prudence and rationality of it too. Meanwhile, the neighbouring country of Sylvania is plotting to overthrow Freedonia and sends Pinky and Chicolini to spy on Firefly. War seems inevitable. Written by grantss

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Taglines War Is Swell ...when the Marx Brothers are in it. They'll be out of the trenches by Christmas...if the food doesn't improve See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cracked Ice (United States)
  • Firecrackers (United States)
  • La soupe au canard (France)
  • Die Marx Brothers im Krieg (Germany)
  • Sopa de ganso (Spain)
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Trivia Italian dictator Benito Mussolini banned the film from Italy because he thought it was a direct attack on him. When news of this reached The Marx Brothers, they were reportedly ecstatic. See more »
Goofs During the "To War, To War" number, when The Marx Brothers quartet are playing banjos and singing as they walk toward the camera, it is clear that Chicolini is only holding his banjo, not playing it. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into World War Brown (2014). See more »
Soundtracks His Excellency Is Due See more »
Quotes Rufus T. Firefly: Not that I care, but where is your husband?
Mrs. Teasdale: Why, he's dead.
Rufus T. Firefly: I bet he's just using that as an excuse.
Mrs. Teasdale: I was with him to the very end.
Rufus T. Firefly: No wonder he passed away.
Mrs. Teasdale: I held him in my arms and kissed him.
Rufus T. Firefly: Oh, I see, then it was murder. Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first.
Mrs. Teasdale: He left me his entire fortune.
Rufus T. Firefly: Is that so? Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you? I love you.
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