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Rent A Night at the Opera (1935)

3.9 of 5 from 112 ratings
1h 27min
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Arts patron Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont) intends to pay pompous opera star Lassparri (Walter Woolf King) $1,000 per performance. Hey, maybe that's why they call it grand opera! Grand comedy, too, as Groucho, Chico and Harpo cram a ship's stateroom and more than wall-to-wall gags, one-liners, musical riffs and two hard-boiled eggs - all while skewering Lassparri's schemes and helping two young hopefuls Rosa and Riccardo (Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones) get a break. To save the opera, our heroes must first destroy it.
And they must also gain ocean passage as stowaways, pull the wool (if not the beards) over the eyes of City Hall, shred legal mumbo-jumbo into a Sanity Clause, pester dowager Claypool and unleash so much glee that many say this is the best Marx Brothers movie. Seeing is believing.
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Irving Thalberg
George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, James Kevin McGuinness, Buster Keaton, Al Boasberg, Bert Kalmar, George Oppenheimer, Robert Pirosh, Harry Ruby, George Seaton, Carey Wilson
The Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera
Classics, Comedy, Music & Musicals
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Run Time:
87 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Slovenian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
B & W
  • Commentary by Leonard Maltin
  • All-New Documentary "Remarks on Marx"
  • 2 Vintage Shorts: 'Sunday Night at the Trocadero' and Robert Benchley's Oscar winning 'How to Sleep'
  • Trailer

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Reviews (2) of A Night at the Opera

Aquired taste - A Night at the Opera review by JD

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Harpo's dreadful acting used to bother me, the badly dubbed musical interludes still do, but Groucho's panache has got to warm the soul on the coldest day. It is incredibly corny but I smiled because it was.

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Too much opera. - A Night at the Opera review by Steve

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Updated 16/11/2021

When the Marx Brothers signed with Irving Thalberg, he asked them if they would take a pay cut as Zeppo had quit. Groucho replied that without him they were worth twice as much. It's a shame that no one could bring similar insight to the musical numbers that stretch their MGM debut over 90 minutes and introduce longueurs to their maniacal, fast talking comedy.  

The act was revised, toning down the anarchy, and making the trio more likeable by having them roast the bad guys, rather than just anyone. The difference is obvious, but there are still some long stretches of fabulous wordplay from Kaufman and Riskind, including the legendary Sanity Claus sketch.

 There is also the famous crowded stateroom scene. Margaret Dumont adds a little continuity by leaving Paramount with the remaining trio to play Mrs Claypole.  The vocals of Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones are, I guess, a matter of personal taste.

It's tempting to lean on the FF during the musical numbers. Harpo and Chico's recitals are actually harder to tolerate than the opera. They all slow the film down. Hard to be too critical as this was the biggest box office hit of their careers, but my personal preference is for the earlier, crazier Paramount films.

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