Rent The Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera (1935)

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1h 27min
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Synopsis:
Arts patron Mrs. Claypool intends to pay pompous opera star Lassparri $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 (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 (Margaret Dumont) and unleash so much glee that many say this is the best Marx Brothers movie. Seeing is believing.
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Directors:
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Writers:
George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Comedy
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/08/2004
Run Time:
87 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Slovenian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Leonard Maltin
  • “Remarks on Marx” Documentary
  • Two Vintage Shorts: 'Sunday Night At The Trocadero' and Robert Benchley's Oscar winning 'How To Sleep'
  • Trailer

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Reviews (2) of The Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera

Aquired taste - The Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera review by JD

Spoiler Alert
12/11/2009

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. - The Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
03/02/2021

 When the Marx Brothers signed with Irving Thalberg, he asked them if they would take a pay cut as Zeppo had quit. Groucho commented that without him they were worth twice as much. Such a shame then that no one could extend similar insight to the musical numbers that stretch the running time of their MGM debut over 90 minutes and introduce a few too many longueurs to their maniacal, fast talking comedy.

 The brothers' act was considerably revised, toning down the anarchy, and making the trio more likeable by having them attack the bad guys, rather than just anyone. And getting the three working together as a gang. The difference is obvious, but there are still some long stretches of fabulous wordplay from George S. Kaufman and Morrie Riskind, including one of the Marx Brother's most famous sketches in which Chico and Groucho (Otis B. Driftwood) negotiate a legal contract for the services of singer Allan Jones and Chico concludes 'there ain't no Sanity Claus'.

 There is also the famous crowded stateroom scene devised by Al Boasberg. Margaret Dumont adds a little continuity by leaving Paramount with the remaining trio to play Mrs Claypole.

 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 everything else is so good that there is some regret of what might have been.

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