Marx Brothers-Duck Soup

Directed By: Leo McCarey

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ZANY Marx Brothers

on 8/3/2015

One of the best of the Marx Brothers comedies...Groucho is great, and Chico and Harpo excel. Contains the classic "mirror" sketch with Groucho and Harpo... Read More

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 220215678
UPC 025192084614
UPC 14 00025192084614
Format DVD
Release Date 6/7/2011
Rating NR
Big Battles
Essential Cinema
Editors Note
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....
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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)
Quote "I'll tell you what I'll do--I'll take five and 10 in Woolworth."--Chicolini (Chico Marx)
Quote "I wanted to get rid of habeas corpus, but I should have gotten rid of you instead."--Firefly
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
Premiere "...[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
Leo McCarey
Cast & Crew
The Marx Brothers - Star
Harpo Marx - Star
Edgar Kennedy - Star
Groucho Marx - Star
Chico Marx - Star
Raquel Torres - Star
Louis Calhern - Star
Zeppo Marx - Star
Margaret Dumont - Star
Arthur Sheekman - Screenwriter
Nat Perrin - Screenwriter
Harry Ruby - Screenwriter
Harry Ruby - Composer
Hans Dreier - Production Designer
Bert Kalmar - Composer
Bert Kalmar - Screenwriter
Henry Sharp - Director of Photography
Wiard Ihnen - Art Director
Leo McCarey - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1933
UPC 00025192084614
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 69 minutes
Color B&W
DVD, English, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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