Liberty Theatre | Camas WA | Duck Soup (1933)
Duck Soup (1933) (NR) Release Date: March 18th, 2023
Runtime: 1 hr. 10 min.
Director: Leo McCarey
Genres: Comedy
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx
90th anniversary presentation!
Once you’ve graduated from Horse Feathers, you’re prepared for their masterpiece, ranked No. 5 on AFI’s “100 Years … 100 Laughs” list. Groucho stars as Rufus T. Firefly, new ruler of the financially strapped Fredonia, who takes the country to war with fresh fruit flying. Though a box-office disappointment at the time, Duck Soup took on cult status in the 1970s on college campuses with its cynical take on politics (“If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait till I get through with it”) and war (“We’ve got to go to war; I’ve already paid a month’s rent on the battlefield”). But Duck Soup may be best known for its most uncharacteristic Marx Brothers sequence, Groucho and Harpo’s silent mirror scene, which Harpo would later recreate on I Love Lucy. It’s fast and furious, with no dead spots and a supporting cast of peerless character actors, including Groucho’s favorite foil, Margaret Dumont (“We’re fighting for this woman’s honor, which is probably more than she ever did”). This was the film that gave Woody Allen’s suicidal character a new lease on life in Hannah and Her Sisters. As for the film’s title, Groucho once explained: “Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup for the rest of your life.” (Excerpt from Vulture)
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