Duck Soup

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Time Out says

The greatest of the surreally anarchic threesome's films (foursome here), this is a breathtakingly funny and imaginative spoof of war movie heroics, with a couple of Ruritanian states going to war because someone calls President Groucho an upstart (anyway, he's paid a month's advance rent on the battlefield). Totally irreverent towards patriotism, religion (a song proclaims 'We Got Guns, They Got Guns, All God's Chillun Got Guns'), diplomacy, courtroom justice, and anything even vaguely respectable, it also includes what is perhaps the Brothers' funniest scene ever: an immaculately timed and performed sequence with a broken mirror in which Groucho, Chico and Harpo look absolutely identical. A masterpiece.
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Release details

UK release:

1933

Duration:

70 mins

Cast and crew

Screenwriter:

Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar

Editor:

LeRoy Stone

Songs:

Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby

Cast:

The Marx Brothers, Louis Calhern, Edgar Kennedy, Margaret Dumont

Art Director:

Wiard B Ihnen, Hans Dreier

Director:

Leo McCarey

Cinematography:

Henry Sharp

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