AFI #60 – Duck Soup

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Directed by Leo McCarey

Netflix says… Thanks to the patronage of well-heeled widow Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont), Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) becomes dictator of the tiny country Freedonia. But when the ambassador of the bordering nation of Sylvania declares his love for Mrs. Teasdale, Firefly declares war. The Marx Brothers are at their sidesplitting best in this raucous political satire, in which Chico, Harpo and Zeppo co-star as spies and counterspies.

Another Marx Brothers movie. And, again, I kind of don’t get it. When I watched A Night at the Opera I blamed my inability to “get” this humor on the fact that humor is different now than it was in the 1930s. I don’t necessarily think that’s the case though. Maybe it’s just that I don’t seem to be able to appreciate the humor of the Marx Brothers. Pretty sure this is the last one of their films on the list. And I won’t be disappointed by that fact.


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