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Duck Soup (1933)



Critic Consensus: Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies.

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Arguably the Marx Brothers' funniest film, this comedy masterpiece contains several famous scenes, including the hilarious mirror sequence. A wealthy widow offers financial aid to the bankrupt country of Freedonia on condition that Rufus T. Firefly be made leader. But his chaotic, inept regime bumbles into war with neighboring Sylvania.

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Groucho Marx
as Rufus T. Firefly
Chico Marx
as Chicolini
Zeppo Marx
as Bob Roland
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Gloria Teasdale
Louis Calhern
as Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania
Raquel Torres
as Vera Marcal
Verna Hillie
as Secretary
William Worthington
as First Minister of Finance
Edwin Maxwell
as Secretary of War
Edgar Kennedy
as Street Vendor
George MacQuarrie
as First Judge
Fred G. Sullivan
as Second Judge
Davison Clark
as Second Minister of Finance
Eric Mayne
as Third Judge
Dale Van Sickel
as Palace Guard
Frederick Sullivan
as Second Judge
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Critic Reviews for Duck Soup

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (6)

Genius just about covers it.

January 12, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Duck Soup should make practically everybody laugh.

June 27, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Marx Brothers' best movie...

June 27, 2007 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This production is, for the most part, extremely noisy without being nearly as mirthful as [the Marx brothers'] other films.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

The Marx Brothers created a body of work in which individual films are like slices from the whole, but Duck Soup (1933) is probably the best.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Duck Soup

The Marx brothers raise hell and guns and laughter in this classic, with big musical numbers and a hysterical slapstick humor full of puns and physical gags and memorable scenes that helped define the comedy genre and were an inspiration to many great comedians who came after.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Dispite the short duration of it and the lack of more informations about McCarey's storytelling, Duck Soup is one of the finest Marx Brothers film. Laugh out loud all the 69 minutes. Groucho presents the most unforgettable character of his career, Rufus T. Firefly, that sometimes remember Chaplin's The Great Dictator, a few Three Stooges shorts and we can see too the clear influence that Rufus had in Sacha Baron Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

The best movie to see on election night! Freedonia rules. Rufus Firefly for president.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

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