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.

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


as Otis B. Driftwood

as Tomasso

as Fiorello

as Riccardo Baroni

as Mrs. Claypool

as Lassparri

as Herman Gottlieb

as Captain

as Detective Henderson

as Steward

as Immigration Inspecto...

as Engineer's Assistant...

as Extra on Ship and at...

as Police Captain

as Azucena

as Count di Luna

as Ferrando

as Stage Manager

as Committee

as Elevator Man

as Captain of Police

as Aviator

as Aviator

as Aviator

as Committee

as Committee

as Policeman

as Sign Painter

as Committee

as Immigration Inspecto...

as Doorman

as Engineer's Assistant

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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