Duck Soup

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Duck Soup
Leo McCarey
The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont

Probably the most successful of all of the Marx Brothers’ films in terms of gaggery and timing, Duck Soup features Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo in some of their most famous roles, with Groucho playing Rufus T. Firefly, soon-to-be leader of the small country of Freedonia. “The greatest of the surreally anarchic threesome’s films (foursome, here), this is a breathtakingly funny and imaginative spoof of war movie heroics, with a couple of Ruritarian States going to war because someone calls President Groucho an upstart (anyway, he’s paid a month’s advance rent on the battlefield). Totally irreverent towards patriotism, religion (a song proclaims ‘We Got Guns, They Got Guns, All God’s Chillun Got Guns), diplomacy, courtroom justice, and anything even vaguely respectable, it also includes what is perhaps the brothers’ funniest scene ever: an immaculately timed and performed sequence with a broken mirror in which Groucho, Chico and Harpo look absolutely identical. A masterpiece.” (Time Out)

New Digital Restoration
1 hour 10 minutes
release year/country
1933 USA