Duck Soup

Duck Soup

Director: Leo McCarey Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx

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Overview

In the 1933 Marx Brothers classic Duck Soup, the mythical country of Freedonia is broke and on the verge of revolution. Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), Freedonia's principal benefactress, will lend the country $20 million if the president withdraws and places the government in the hands of the "fearless, progressive" Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx). At his inauguration, Firefly shows up late, insults everyone in sight, and sings a song about how he intends to abuse his power. Naturally, the crowd cheers wildly. Meanwhile, Ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) of neighboring Sylvania schemes to oust Firefly and take over Freedonia himself. To gather enough evidence to discredit Firefly, he sends his most trusted spies, Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx). Five minutes after they show up in Freedonia, both spies become important members of Firefly's cabinet, though Chicolini keeps his day job as a peanut vendor. Firefly eventually declares war on Sylvania, an absurd farrago with Firefly changing uniforms from scene to scene, Chicolini going to the other side because the food is better, and Pinky parading around the battlefield with a sandwich board reading "Join the Army and See the Navy."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
UPC: 0025192084614
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:09:00
Sales rank: 10,085

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Groucho Marx Rufus T. Firefly
Chico Marx Chicolini
Harpo Marx Pinkie
Zeppo Marx Bob Rolland
Margaret Dumont Mrs. Teasdale
Raquel Torres Vera Marcal
Louis Calhern Ambassador Trentino
Verna Hillie Trentino's Secretary
Leonid Kinskey Agitator
Edmund Breese Zander
Edwin Maxwell Secretary of War
Edgar Kennedy Lemonade Seller
Marx Brothers Actor
Charles B. Middleton Prosecutor
George MacQuarrie First Judge
William Worthington First Minister of Finance
E.H. Calvert Actor
Davison Clark Second Minister of Finance
Eric Mayne Third Judge
Frederick Sullivan Second Judge

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director
Hans Dreier Art Director
Wiard Ihnen Art Director
Arthur Johnston Musical Direction/Supervision
Bert Kalmar Screenwriter
Herman Mankiewicz Producer
Harry Ruby Songwriter,Screenwriter
Henry Sharp Cinematographer
LeRoy Stone Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Duck Soup
1. Main Titles [1:19]
2. Freedonia's New Leader [2:53]
3. When the Clock Strikes Ten [2:39]
4. Firefly's Introduction [3:08]
5. Laws of My Administration [3:04]
6. Sylvanian Spies [4:57]
7. Chamber of Deputies [1:43]
8. Peanuts [4:14]
9. Secretary of War [3:55]
10. Insulting Ambassador Trentino [5:54]
11. Plans of War [4:28]
12. Don't Make a Sound [4:40]
13. Impostors [6:28]
14. Charged With Treason [4:52]
15. We're Going to War [5:57]
16. Facing Defeat [4:00]
17. Victory Is Ours [3:47]
18. End Titles [:37]

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