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A Night at the Opera (1935)




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After Mr. Driftwood and his zany cohorts take a hilarious ocean voyage (featuring the famous stateroom scene), their disruptive antics sabotage an opera's opening night but help two charming young singers become stars. In perhaps the Marx Brothers' best film, romance, music, and side-splitting episodes make for a classic comedy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Kevin McGuinness, Morrie Ryskind, George S. Kaufman, Al Boasberg, Bert Kalmar
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On DVD: May 4, 2004


Groucho Marx
as Otis B. Driftwood
Harpo Marx
as Tomasso
Chico Marx
as Fiorello
Allan Jones
as Riccardo Baroni
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Claypool
Sig Rumann
as Herman Gottlieb
Edward Keane
as Captain
Robert E. O'Connor
as Detective Henderson
Gino Corrado
as Steward
Al Bridge
as Immigration Inspecto...
Billy Gilbert
as Engineer's Assistant...
Samuel Marx
as Extra on Ship and at...
Claude Payton
as Police Captain
Olga Dane
as Azucena
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
as Count di Luna
James J. Wolf
as Ferrando
Jonathan Hale
as Stage Manager
Selmar Jackson
as Committee
Otto H. Fries
as Elevator Man
William Gould
as Captain of Police
Leo White
as Aviator
Jay Eaton
as Aviator
Rolfe Sedan
as Aviator
Wilbur Mack
as Committee
George Irving
as Committee
George Guhl
as Policeman
Harry Tyler
as Sign Painter
Selmer Jackson
as Committee
Alan Bridge
as Immigration Inspecto...
Harry Allen
as Doorman
Jack Lipson
as Engineer's Assistant
Kitty Carlisle
as Rosa Castaldi
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Critic Reviews for A Night at the Opera

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (4)

The backstage finish, with Harpo doing a Tarzan on the fly ropes, contains more action than the Marxes usually go in for, but it relieves the strictly verbal comedy and provides a sock exit.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Top Critic

Never was a director more aptly named than Sam Wood: his movies are redwood forests of unrelieved monotony.

Full Review… | June 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The loudest and funniest screen comedy of the Winter season.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The Brothers get to perform some of their most irresistible routines.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

...Groucho's flirtation with respectability and devilish realization that it's much more rewarding to play the clown.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013

It is exciting and perfect; a sign that they have at last learned how to use every resource which Hollywood can offer them; and the simplest reason I can find for calling them funny beyond the power of words to spoil the fun.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
The Nation

Audience Reviews for A Night at the Opera


The Marx's Brothers are for sure one of the best comedians ever, and A Night At The Opera is a terrific prove of that.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I can't still completely warm up to the Marx Brothers, but I can't deny the film has some incredibly funny moments

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

Otis B. Driftwood is a small-time theatrical agent scamming the wealthy Mrs Claypool in a deal to sponsor a New York opera company. Meanwhile, the disreputable Fiorello and Tomasso are trying to help their friend Riccardo gain recognition as a tenor. The swindlers' plans collide during a very unorthodox production of Verdi's Il Trovatore ...

This was the Marx Brothers first big-budget movie with MGM, and many cite it as their best film. It is a beautiful production by the legendary Irving G. Thalberg, with a first-rate script by the talented Broadplay playwright George S. Kaufman and some incredibly funny sequences. Personally, it's not my favourite but its a close second (my favorite would have to be Horse Feathers), purely because I think the romantic subplot between Carlisle and Jones gets in the way too much and there's not enough of the irresistible Dumont. That aside however, there is lots of wonderful music and plenty of side-splitting scenes; the pack-everyone-in-Groucho's-cabin episode, the contract-shortening sequence ("You no fool me, there is-a no Sanity Claus !"), the chase-the-beds-around-the-hotel-room bit and the total cultural destruction of that bastion of upper-class social prowess, the metropolitan opera, with Groucho throwing peanuts to the crowd and Harpo sliding pirate-style down the backdrops. A wonderfully nutty black-and-white comedy classic.

David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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