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Duck Soup (1933)

Duck Soup


68 minutes

Classic / Comedy / Musical

Directed by Leo McCarey


Groucho Marx as Rufus T. Firefly
Harpo Marx as Pinky  
Chico Marx as Chicolini 
Zeppo Marx as Lt. Bob Roland 
Margaret Dumont as Mrs. Gloria Teasdale
Louis Calhern as Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania 
Raquel Torres as Vera Marcal, a femme fatale
Edgar Kennedy as a lemonade vendor
Edmund Breese as Zander
Edwin Maxwell as Former Secretary of War
William Worthington as First Minister of Finance
Davison Clark as Second Minister of Finance
Charles Middleton as prosecutor
Leonid Kinskey as Sylvanian agitator
George MacQuarrie as first judge
Fred Sullivan as second judge
Eric Mayne as third judge

Story, Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Additional Dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin

More crazy antics by the famous Marx Brothers~~

The wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) be appointed leader of the small, bankrupt country of Freedonia before she will continue to provide much-needed financial assistance. Meanwhile, neighboring Sylvania is attempting to take over the country. Sylvanian ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) tries to foment a revolution, woos Mrs. Teasdale, and attempts to dig up dirt on Firefly by sending in spies Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx).

After failing to collect worthwhile information about Firefly, Chicolini and Pinky infiltrate the government when Chicolini is appointed Secretary of War after Firefly sees him on the street selling peanuts. Meanwhile, Firefly's personal assistant, Bob Roland (Zeppo Marx) suspects Trentino's questionable motives, and counsels Firefly to "get rid of that man at once" by saying "something to make him mad, and he'll strike you, and we'll force him to leave the country." Firefly agrees to the plan, but after a series of personal insults exchanged between Firefly and Trentino, the plan backfires and Firefly slaps Trentino instead. As a result, the two countries reach the brink of war. Adding to the international friction is the fact that Firefly is also wooing Mrs. Teasdale, and likewise hoping to get his hands on her late husband's fortune.

Trentino learns that Freedonia's war plans are in Mrs. Teasdale's possession and orders Chicolini and Pinky to steal them. Chicolini is caught by Firefly and put on trial, during which war is officially declared, and everyone is overcome by war frenzy , breaking into song and dance. The trial put aside, Chicolini and Pinky join Firefly and Bob Roland in anarchic battle, resulting in general mayhem.

The end of the film finds Trentino caught in a makeshift stocks, with the Brothers pelting him with fruit. Trentino surrenders, but Firefly tells him to wait until they run out of fruit. Mrs. Teasdale begins singing the Freedonia national anthem in her operatic voice and the Brothers begin hurling fruit at her instead.

~In 1990 the United States Library of Congress deemed Duck Soup "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry .

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