Duck Soup

Duck Soup

Leo McCarey (1933)

65min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The Marx Brothers reached peaks of anarchic brilliance in this comedy masterpiece, which burst upon audiences four years after their primitive feature debut in The Cocoanuts. Groucho, Chico, Harpo and the uncharismatic Zeppo - in his final screen role - are all entangled in a runaway satire that finds Groucho as a Ruritanian leader going to war because he has paid a month's advance rent on the battlefield. What helps make this the funniest of the Marx Brothers pictures - besides the absence of the romantic interludes that dogged later outings - are the exchanges between Groucho's Rufus T Firefly and Margaret Dumont's stately matriarch ("I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows till you come home"), and there's also a stunningly surreal mirror sequence.

Summary

An eccentric dictator takes over the bankrupt nation of Freedonia, and sets about trying to resolve the financial crisis by seducing a wealthy widow. But when the ambassador of a neighbouring country also tries to woo her, war is inevitable. Meanwhile, two bumbling spies cause chaos as they try to steal top secret information. Satirical comedy, starring the Marx Brothers and Margaret Dumont.

Cast & Crew

Rufus T Firefly Groucho Marx
Chicolini Chico Marx
Pinky Harpo Marx
Lt Bob Roland Zeppo Marx
Mrs Gloria Teasdale Margaret Dumont
Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania Louis Calhern
Vera Marcal Raquel Torres
Zander Edmund Breese
Director Leo McCarey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: UniversalAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy