A Night at the Opera

Film, Comedy
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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