A Night at the Opera

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Watermelons may go out of season, but in A Night at the Opera, the Marx Brothers' daffy laughs are never anything less than uproariously fresh.

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The Marx Brothers run amuck in the world of opera when Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) meets aspiring singer Ricardo (Allan Jones), who is determined to win the love of fellow performer Rosa (Kitty Carlisle). Aided by Fiorello (Chico Marx) and Tomasso (Harpo Marx), Otis attempts to unite the young couple, but faces opposition from the preening star Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), who also has his sights on Rosa. Traveling from Italy to New York, Otis and friends rally to try and win the day.

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Critic Reviews for A Night at the Opera

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (67) | Rotten (2)

  • Uproarious high spots -- the best, perhaps, of their kind -- render A Night at the Opera, starring Groucho, Harpo and Chico, a champion comedy in the year's output. In some ways, it is the best comedy in which the three brothers have ever appeared.

    November 20, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Considering that the dialogue of A Night at the Opera was written by two such theatrical craftsmen as George Kaufman and Morris Rysklnd, it reaches a surprising nadir of inanity.

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  • A Night at the Opera is the most beautifully timed madness of 1935.

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  • This is pantomime at its best, and the greatest clown of the three is Harpo.

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  • Groucho follows his own formula of throwing out gags, good and bad. as fast as he can talk, letting the good ones float the bad ones, trusting that the average will favor him.

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  • A Night At the Opera is quite the funniest, the most ambitious and the most entertaining of any of the Marx cinema offerings.

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Audience Reviews for A Night at the Opera

  • Apr 15, 2018
    It is true that this film is more uneven when compared to Duck Soup, stopping many times for musical numbers that hinder the comedy a bit (although I do love seeing Chico and Harpo at the piano), but even so there are a lot of hilarious moments here that make it pretty delicious as well.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    The only Marx Brothers film I have seen up to date is "Duck Soup," a very witty and sprawlingly messy film where a viewer immediately gets the appeal of the humor of the Marx Brothers, where it's more or less a barrage of absurd yet witty jokes constantly bombarding you in the hopes that, hey, some of them'll hit! But, I never expected the second film of theirs I would see, "A Night at the Opera," to not only be a funny ride but a thrilling and emotionally involving one as well. It's like an excellent Buster Keaton flick; in fact, the last movie I've seen with so much charm, thrill, wit, timing, action, and romance was Keaton's "The General" or "Steamboat Bill Jr." Even though the film has the Marx trademark of ridiculous witty jokes constantly thrown at you (I try to say that in the best light possible,) they somehow managed to work in a romance that's touching enough for the ending to be emotionally satisfying, even if said romance felt a bit forced at first. In addition, the extremely blunt and crude editing gives the film an unintentional gritty realism that makes the array of stunts in the film's climax surprisingly heart-pounding, where you simultaneously want to laugh yet, as was with my reaction, are legitimately concerned for the well-being of the actors. Throw in two or three skits that are genuinely extremely funny and by the end of the film your throat will be sore from the laughter and excitement. There's even a very sincere and slowed down musical instrument scene on a boat, involving Chico and Harpo, that's so solemn and tender that you can't help but be surprised at realizing the amount of heart this film has (surely an influential moment as well, even having homage paid to it by greats like Fellini in "E la nave va.") All in all, "A Night of the Opera" is a thoroughly entertaining film, and an impressively layered one as well, that's much better than your average comedy flick.
    Edward S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2012
    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.
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  • Jul 07, 2012
    Like Duck Soup, the Marx Brothers are wacky and hilarious in A Night at the Opera. The whole crew is back again, Groucho, Chico and Harpo, all back to their usual wacky characters. Although it's not as complex and interesting as Duck Soup, A Night at the Opera never fails to entertain the viewer. Like any other Marx Brothers movie, there is endless charm, not only in the characters and their actions, but in the dialouge also. Although it's not as good as their most critically aclaimed film (Duck Soup), A Night at the Opera is a classic comedy that should go down as one of the funniest films of all time. Favorite Scene: Everybody in a Room scene.
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