Why to Watch - Duck Soup

In the 1930’s this was considered the funniest thing ever, and nearly 100 years later, it still holds up. Without the Marx Brothers, most of the comedies you love today wouldn’t exist, and that’s a fact.



Duck Soup (1933) Comedy, Musical | 69min | November 17, 1933 (United States) 7.8
Director: Leo McCareyWriter: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur SheekmanStars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico MarxSummary: The country of Freedonia is in the middle of a financial crisis and on the brink of revolution. In order to gain a bail-out from the wealthy Mrs Teasdale, the government appoints Rufus T Firefly as its president. However, Mr Firefly shuns the pomp and pretentiousness of government; along with the prudence and rationality of it too. Meanwhile, the neighbouring country of Sylvania is plotting to overthrow Freedonia and sends Pinky and Chicolini to spy on Firefly. War seems inevitable. —grantss


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