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A Night at the Opera

The Marx Brothers at the turning point, just before their gradual descent into mediocrity at the hands of MGM, who wanted their comedy to be rationed and rationalised. It's a top budget job, opulent and meticulous, with its fair share of vices: this is the first Marx Brothers film where you really feel like strangling the romantic leads. But it has even more virtues: there's no Zeppo, the script's generally great (Kaufman and Ryskind), Dumont's completely great, and the Brothers get to perform some of their most irresistible routines - the stateroom scene and all.

Release details

Rated: U
Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sam Wood
Screenwriter: George S Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind
Cast: The Marx Brothers
Kitty Carlisle
Allan Jones
Margaret Dumont
Sig Ruman
Walter Woolf King
Edward Keane
Robert Emmet O'Connor
Lorraine Bridges