Duck Soup

"Excellent"

Duck Soup Review


Widely considered the best Marx brothers film ever (and landing at #5 on the AFI's list of top comedies), Duck Soup presents Groucho at his best, playing a dictator (of a country called Freedonia, natch) who starts a war over a girl who lives in a neighboring country (and who has saved Freedonia from bankruptcy). The other brothers Marx play the dictator's henchmen and spies. It's a farce about politics and war that, in my opinion, has lost some of its topicality. While the puns here are exquisitie and Groucho sparring with himself in a mirror (actually a stand-in) is a priceless moment of the cinema, the send-up of Mussolini-types doesn't quite pan out. Take the comedy, leave the story.


Duck Soup

Facts and Figures

Run time: 68 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th November 1933

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fresh: 34 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Herman J. Mankiewicz

Starring: as Rufus T. Firefly, as Pinky, as Chicolini, as Lt. Bob Roland, as Mrs. Gloria Teasdale, as Vera Marcal, as Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania, Edmund Breese as Zander, Leonid Kinskey as Sylvanian Agitator, Charles Middleton as Prosecutor, Edgar Kennedy as Lemonade Vendor

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