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Old 05-08-2019, 02:32 PM
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Duck Soup (1933)

Wackiness and clever lines is what it's about. The story isn't that cohesive, and certainly not pertinent, but if you must know, it's about a fictional country called Freedonia that's going bankrupt. One wealthy widow will make a lone only if Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is made "president". Firefly wants her money via marriage, as does the ambassador (Louis Calhern) of neighboring country Sylvanian, which hires Chico and Harpo Marx to spy on Firefly and eventually invades.

Basically, the Marx brothers are wacky and break the forth wall while everyone else plays it straight. There really isn't any great social commentary, though some want to see it. Also, the Marx brothers did not write the script. There's a great famous scene where Chico dresses like Firefly while spying on him in his palace and breaks a giant mirror. When Firefly arrives, Chico mimics everything Firefly does as though he's the reflection.

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