Duck Soup (1933)

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Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.


  • The Marx Brothers
  • Groucho Marx
  • Harpo Marx
  • Chico Marx
  • Zeppo Marx
  • Margaret Dumont
  • Raquel Torres
  • Louis Calhern
  • Edmund Breese
  • Leonid Kinskey

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  • Harpo Marx's character was originally called Skippy, but this was changed to Pinky after his role in Horse Feathers (1932), making him one of only two of The Marx Brothers to reuse a character name in their films (not counting when they used their own names).
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  • The gloves, that Firefly slaps Trentino with, appear in Firefly's pocket in between shots.
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    • Rufus T. Firefly: I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.
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There is an odd moment when Harpo shows Groucho a doghouse tattooed on his stomach, and in a special effect a real dog emerges and barks at him. The brothers broke the classical structure of movie comedy and glued it back again haphazardly, and nothing was ever the same.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Four Marx Brothers -- Groucho the Gabber, Harpo the Honker, Chico the Chiseler and Zeppo the Zero -- were the wildest, most anarchically funny movie comedians of their era. (Of any era.) And this is the high water mark of their unique cinematic insanity: a ferocious satire on government, war and diplomacy that leaves no propriety or pretension unpricked, no sacred cow unslaughtered. [19 Sept 1997, p.O]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune