History Film / ANightAtTheOpera

14th Feb '18 1:38:01 AM nero666
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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: As usual, a few examples of this, such as the breakfast sketch in Groucho's apartment.
8th Jan '18 3:49:16 PM mlsmithca
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* {{Fauxreigner}}: Chico and Groucho have this exchange about Italy.
-->Driftwood (Groucho): Well, things certainly seem to be getting better around the country.
-->Fiorello (Chico): Well, I wouldn't know about that; I'm a stranger here myself.

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* {{Fauxreigner}}: Chico Driftwood (Groucho) and Groucho Fiorello (Chico, affecting his usual fake Italian accent) have this exchange about Italy.
-->Driftwood (Groucho): -->'''Driftwood:''' Well, things certainly seem to be getting better around the country.
-->Fiorello (Chico): -->'''Fiorello:''' Well, I wouldn't know about that; I'm a stranger here myself.
24th Dec '17 7:28:32 AM Kalmbach
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* {{Flynning}}: Harpo versus the orchestra conductor.
23rd Dec '17 8:30:35 PM Kalmbach
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--> '''Driftwood:''' Well, watermelons are out of season.
23rd Dec '17 8:26:29 PM Kalmbach
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* ScriptSwap: Chico and Harpo swap the sheet music of an entire orchestra so that they all start playing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in the middle of the opera.

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* ScriptSwap: Chico and Harpo swap the sheet music of an entire orchestra so that they all start playing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in the middle of the opera.overture.


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** Tomasso whacks Lassparri on the head with a mallet, revives him with smelling salts, knocks him out with the mallet again...and then [[RuleOfThree drops a sandbag on his head.]]
16th Dec '17 11:30:29 PM Kalmbach
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* AnachronismStew: InUniverse. While Harpo is goofing around in the flyspace, he brings backdrops of a train station and a battleship into an opera set in 15th-century Spain.
16th Dec '17 12:42:26 PM mlsmithca
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The plot, as so often in Marx Brothers films, is incidental to the jokes, but it follows the usual pattern. Groucho is Otis B. Driftwood, corrupt business manager to wealthy dowager Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont). He persuades her to invest in the New York Opera Company, allowing them to engage the services of arrogant Italian tenor Rodolfo Lassparri (Walter Woolf King). Heading backstage at an Italian opera house, he meets Lassparri's ex-dresser Tomasso (Harpo) and fast-talking con artist Fiorello (Chico), mistaking the latter for Lassparri's manager and signing a contract with him; the great singer Fiorello claims to represent is actually his friend Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), a chorus member. Lassparri and Baroni are also competing for the affections of soprano Rosa Castaldi (Kitty Carlisle). HilarityEnsues as the characters board an ocean liner to New York; once there, the protagonists scheme to ensure that Lassparri is humiliated, allowing Ricardo to become the New York Opera Company's male lead and be united with Rosa.



-->'''Driftwood:''' You're willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of 'Minnie the Moocher' for 75 cents." (Pause) For a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie.

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-->'''Driftwood:''' You're willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing? Why, you can get a phonograph record of 'Minnie the Moocher' for 75 cents." (Pause) ''(Pause)'' For a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie.



* LogoJoke: In the trailer, the MGM lion was replaced by the Marx Brothers themselves, under the banner "Marx Gratia Marxes" (instead of "Ars Gratia Artis"), each taking turns miming the lion's roar. (When it was Harpo, his ever-present taxi-horn sounded instead.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC25_toTHss

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* LogoJoke: In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC25_toTHss the trailer, trailer,]] the MGM lion was replaced by the Marx Brothers themselves, under the banner "Marx Gratia Marxes" (instead of "Ars Gratia Artis"), each taking turns miming the lion's roar. (When it was Harpo, his ever-present taxi-horn sounded instead.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC25_toTHss



* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: Groucho, playing the shady social consultant Otis B. Driftwood and operating solely along the lines of the {{Rule of Funny}}, orders two to three portions of what seems to be everything on the menu in an illogical way, punctuating his selections after each item with an order for "two hard-boiled eggs" for the stowaways hiding in his stateroom.

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* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: Groucho, playing the shady social consultant Otis B. Driftwood and operating solely along the lines of the {{Rule of Funny}}, RuleOfFunny, orders two to three portions of what seems to be everything on the menu in an illogical way, punctuating his selections after each item with an order for "two hard-boiled eggs" for the stowaways hiding in his stateroom.



--> '''Steward''' ''(writing down the order):'' . . . and two hard-boiled eggs.
--> '''Harpo's Horn:''' *HONK*

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--> '''Steward''' ''(writing down the order):'' . . .order):'' ... and two hard-boiled eggs.
--> '''Harpo's Horn:''' *HONK*''[HONK]''



--> '''Harpo's Horn:''' HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK [[OverlyLongGag HONK HONK HONK HONK]]

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--> '''Harpo's Horn:''' HONK ''[HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK HONK [[OverlyLongGag HONK HONK HONK HONK]]HONK]]]''



* RefugeInAudacity: From the very first lines -
--> (For context, Driftwood is sitting with his back to Mrs Claypool, the woman he was supposed to have dinner with, having had dinner with another woman and the waiter has just given him the bill)
--> '''Driftwood:''' Nine dollars and forty-eight cents...?! This is an outrage! ''(throws the bill to the woman)'' If I were you, I wouldn't pay it! ''(walks away)''

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* RefugeInAudacity: RefugeInAudacity:
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From the very first lines -
--> (For
lines:
--->''(For
context, Driftwood is sitting with his back to Mrs Claypool, the woman he was supposed to have dinner with, having had dinner with another woman and the waiter has just given him the bill)
-->
bill)''\\
'''Driftwood:''' Nine dollars and forty-eight cents...?! This is an outrage! ''(throws the bill to the woman)'' If I were you, I wouldn't pay it! ''(walks away)''



--> '''Driftwood:''' Just the man I want to see! Gottlieb, these are the worst cigars I've ever smoked!\\

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--> '''Driftwood:''' --->'''Driftwood:''' Just the man I want to see! Gottlieb, these are the worst cigars I've ever smoked!\\



* TheRemake: ''Film/BrainDonors'', an all-but-the-name retelling of ''Opera''.
** All but the name and the opera, that is.

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* TheRemake: ''Film/BrainDonors'', an all-but-the-name retelling of ''Opera''.
** All but the name and the opera, that is.
''Opera'' with ballet instead of opera.



* SpiritualSuccessor: the following Creator/MarxBrothers film ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces'', shares a similar plot but with different characters and scenery (a rest home in need of rescue and a horse race to be won).

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* SpiritualSuccessor: the The following Creator/MarxBrothers film ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces'', shares a similar plot but with different characters and scenery (a rest home in need of rescue and a horse race to be won).



* [[StraightMan Straight Woman]]: Margaret Dumont as Mrs. Claypool, as always the prim foil to Groucho's antics.

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* [[StraightMan Straight Woman]]: StraightMan: Female version. Margaret Dumont as Mrs. Claypool, as always the prim foil to Groucho's antics.
10th Dec '17 4:50:02 PM nombretomado
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''A Night at the Opera'' is a 1935 Creator/MarxBrothers film, the first made in their switch from Paramount to MGM. Promised a free rein but [[ExecutiveMeddling forced by producer Irving Thalberg]] to focus the chaos against [[ComedicSociopathy the bad guys who deserve the mistreatment]], ''Opera'' became the largest box-office hit of the Marx Brothers' filmography. Fans have debated for eighty years over whether this or ''DuckSoup'' is the Marx Brothers' best film, but most agree it's one of the funniest movies ever.

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''A Night at the Opera'' is a 1935 Creator/MarxBrothers film, the first made in their switch from Paramount to MGM. Promised a free rein but [[ExecutiveMeddling forced by producer Irving Thalberg]] to focus the chaos against [[ComedicSociopathy the bad guys who deserve the mistreatment]], ''Opera'' became the largest box-office hit of the Marx Brothers' filmography. Fans have debated for eighty years over whether this or ''DuckSoup'' ''Film/DuckSoup'' is the Marx Brothers' best film, but most agree it's one of the funniest movies ever.



* ThisMeansWar: Used by Driftwood after the three fake airmen are confronted and leave. A ShoutOut to ''DuckSoup''

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* ThisMeansWar: Used by Driftwood after the three fake airmen are confronted and leave. A ShoutOut to ''DuckSoup''''Film/DuckSoup''
2nd Apr '17 1:06:10 PM Jeduthun
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* TheShowMustGoOn: The confused and increasingly frustrated Lassparri keeps singing, even when the scenes behind and in front of him change rapidly.

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* TheShowMustGoOn: TheShowMustGoOn:
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The confused and increasingly frustrated Lassparri keeps singing, even when the scenes behind and in front of him change rapidly.rapidly.
** Despite all the chaos on stage, the theatre crew and police still bend over backwards to avoid disrupting the show themselves, even when things are bad enough that logically they might as well simply and openly march out on stage to grab the brothers since it would not make any difference.
* TheShowMustGoWrong: ''[[UpToEleven And how]]''! The brothers throw the performance at the opera house into sheer and utter chaos, taking up a good portion of the movie with catastrophes on and off stage.



* TheShowMustGoOn: Despite all the chaos on stage, the theatre crew and police still bend over backwards to avoid disrupting the show themselves, even when things are bad enough that logically they might as well simply and openly march out on stage to grab the brothers since it would not make any difference.
* TheShowMustGoWrong: ''[[UpToEleven And how]]''! The brothers throw the performance at the opera house into sheer and utter chaos, taking up a good portion of the movie with catastrophes on and off stage.
2nd Apr '17 1:02:08 PM Jeduthun
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* TheShowMustGoOn: Despite all the chaos on stage, the theatre crew and police still bend over backwards to avoid disrupting the show themselves, even when things are bad enough that logically they might as well simply and openly march out on stage to grab the brothers since it would not make any difference.
* TheShowMustGoWrong: ''[[UpToEleven And how]]''! The brothers throw the performance at the opera house into sheer and utter chaos, taking up a good portion of the movie with catastrophes on and off stage.
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