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Format: DVD
Sku: 220215678
UPC: 025192084614
UPC 14: 00025192084614
Rating: NR
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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.
Editor's Note
DUCK SOUP captures some of the Marx Brothers' zaniest routines and funniest quips, creating a laugh-out-loud spectacle of politics gone haywire. Backed by wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale (regular Marx straightwoman Margaret Dumont), Groucho becomes the leader of Freedonia, quickly frustrating his cabinet and offending the aggressive neighboring country to the point of war. Chico and Harpo, sent by the rival country, spy on Groucho and try to steal his battle plans, but when war does come, loyalties become muddled all around.

Director Leo McCarey gets the most out of the brothers, letting them be their wackiest best in what many critics consider to be the funniest Marx Brothers movie. Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, one of his best characters. The one-liners fly through the air like the bombs exploding in the hysterical battle scene. DUCK SOUP is a must-see comedy spectacular; don't blink or you'll miss yet another stinger....


Video Features DVD, English, French, Spanish

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/7/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 69 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1933
Video UPC UPC: 00025192084614
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info The Marx Brothers
Video Cast Info Harpo Marx
Video Cast Info Edgar Kennedy
Video Cast Info Groucho Marx
Video Cast Info Chico Marx
Video Cast Info Raquel Torres
Video Cast Info Louis Calhern
Video Cast Info Zeppo Marx
Video Cast Info Margaret Dumont
Video Cast Info Arthur Sheekman - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Nat Perrin - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Harry Ruby - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Harry Ruby - Composer
Video Cast Info Hans Dreier - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Bert Kalmar - Composer
Video Cast Info Bert Kalmar - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Henry Sharp - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Wiard Ihnen - Art Director
Video Cast Info Leo McCarey - Director

Memorable Quotes

"Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot. I implore you, send him back to his father and brothers, who are waiting for him with open arms in the penitentiary. I suggest that we give him 10 years in Levenworth or 11 years in Twelveworth."----Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx)

"I'll tell you what I'll do----I'll take five and 10 in Woolworth."----Chicolini (Chico Marx)

"I wanted to get rid of habeas corpus, but I should have gotten rid of you instead."----Firefly

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
"...The Marx Brothers created a body of work in which individual films are like slices from the whole, but DUCK SOUP is probably the best..." 07/09/2000 p.5

Total Film
"...It's a merciless satire on patriotism, politics and the establishment which has lost little of its bite or ability to tickle the ribs....Proof that the brothers are as relevant now as they ever were..." 02/01/2001 p.`108

"...[A] brilliant melange of gags....Harpo's physical clowning has the grace and sleight of hand of a true magician..." 12/01/2003 p.4

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