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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as Rufus T. Firefly
as Bob Roland
as Mrs. Gloria Teasdale
as Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania
as Vera Marcal
as First Minister of Finance
as Secretary of War
as Street Vendor
as First Judge
as Second Judge
as Second Minister of Finance
as Third Judge
as Palace Guard
as Second Judge
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Critic Reviews for Duck Soup
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.
This production is, for the most part, extremely noisy without being nearly as mirthful as [the Marx brothers'] other films.
Audience Reviews for Duck Soup
If there's any intellectual consideration to be drawn from the Marx Brothers life thesis presented here it might be that all works of the hands of men are inevitably polluted, tainted with greed and dishonesty, and thereby open to ridicule. No respecters of any social convention, it's all up for laffs, and they lay out the disrespect with the glee of children. Favorite line: "I can see you right now in the kitchen, bending over a hot stove ... but I can't see the stove!" Margaret Dumont again as the madcap girl of the family.
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.
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.
Duck Soup Quotes
|Mrs. Teasdale:||Victory Is Ours!|
|Mrs. Teasdale:||Victory is ours!|
|Rufus T. Firefly:||Go, And Never Darken My Towels Again!|
|Rufus T. Firefly:||Go, and never darken my towels again!|
|Rufus T. Firefly:||I Wonder Whatever Became Of Me? I Should Have Been Back Here A Long Time Ago.|
|Rufus T. Firefly:||I wonder whatever became of me? I should have been back here a long time ago.|
|Rufus T. Firefly:||I Could Dance With You Till The Cows Come Home, On Second Thought, I'd Rather Dance With The Cows When You Came Home.|
|Rufus T. Firefly:||I could dance with you till the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows when you came home.|