History Film / ANightAtTheOpera

10th Jan '17 5:17:10 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheCastShowOff: The scene on the boat where Chico plays the piano? That's not dubbed in. He was actually that good. (In the vaudeville days, he used to play the piano ''blindfolded.)''
** Kitty Carlisle had previously sung opera onstage for real, and Allan Jones, while not classically trained, was a genuinely talented singing star of the day. And of course, Harpo playing the harp.
10th Jan '17 5:16:36 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: A running gag in ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'', during the stateroom scene:
-->'''Otis:''' Now, some roast beef, I'll have rare, medium, well done and overdone...\\
'''Fiorello:''' And two hard-boiled eggs.\\
'''Otis:''' And two hard-boiled eggs. (''Tomasso honks his horn'') Make that three hard-boiled eggs. And I'll have eight pieces of French pastry.\\
'''Fiorello:''' And two hard-boiled eggs.\\
'''Otis:''' And two hard-boiled eggs. (''Tomasso honks his horn'') Make that three hard-boiled eggs. (''honk'') And one duck egg.



* BullyHunter: Played with when Driftwood defends Tomasso after seeing Lasparri whipping him.
-->"Hey you big bully, stop picking on that little bully!"
* CartoonConductor: Once the boys pull a switch with the sheet music, Chico and Harpo start playing baseball in the orchestra pit while Groucho roams the audience shouting, "Popcorn! Peanuts!"



* ClosetShuffle: The stateroom gag.



* DeepSleep: Harpo is asleep in Groucho's steamer trunk in his tiny stateroom. As a crowd assembles and grows in the tiny, tiny room, Harpo is jostled around and over peoples' heads, never waking up (but still able to repeatedly signal via bulb horn for an extra hard boiled egg.)



* ExplodingCloset: The stateroom gag ends with a variant of this. Mrs. Claypool opens the door, and out tumbles an avalanche of people rather than stuff.



* {{Gaslighting}}: When the team finally reaches America, they move beds from one room to the other to anger the detective and drive him batty.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: When {{Fauxreigner}}: Chico and Groucho have this exchange about Italy.
-->Driftwood (Groucho): Well, things certainly seem to be getting better around
the team finally reaches America, they move beds from one room to country.
-->Fiorello (Chico): Well, I wouldn't know about that; I'm a stranger here myself.
* FamousNamedForeigner: Chico's stock Italian character is named Fiorello. Fiorello La Guardia was mayor of New York City at
the other to anger time the detective and drive him batty.movie was made.



* FunWithHomophones: When Groucho is told a certain singer is paid a thousand dollars a night, Groucho responds, "A thousand dollars a nacht?!" If you speak German, like Groucho did, you'll hear "a nacht" (a night). If you don't speak German you'll hear "an act". Both make the same amount of sense. Making this a bi-lingual Meaningful Homophone.
* {{Gaslighting}}: When the team finally reaches America, they move beds from one room to the other to anger the detective and drive him batty.



* LeParkour: The backstage sequence is an early example of this.



* 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



* MenAreUncultured: Driftwood deliberately times his arrival at the opera house so he will ''miss'' the show.



* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Driftwood begins his speech with: "Ladies! Gentlemen! ...I suppose that covers most of you."
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: Otis B. Driftwood.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Fiorello:
-->"[You thought I worked at] The circus? That was ages ago. Last week. I have lotsa jobs since then."



* OnlyOneName: Fiorello and Tomasso.



* 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.
* ShaggyDogStory: Groucho and Chico spend several minutes haggling over a contract. Chico keeps objecting to the terms, and Groucho keeps tearing off the sections that Chico won't agree to. Finally, nothing remains but the space where Chico has to put his signature, and Groucho hands him a pen. "I can't write," Chico admits sheepishly. "That's all right," replies Groucho, "There's no ink in the pen, anyway."
* ShapedLikeItself: The contract scene. ("The party of the first part shall be known in this contract as the party of the first part...")



* SpikingTheCamera: In the opening scene, there's a woman in the background who is framed precisely in the center between between Sig Ruman and Magret Dumont, who stares into the camera the entire time.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Allan Jones fills in for Zeppo.



* WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames: Otis B. Driftwod.




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* YouRemindMeOfX: "Everything about you reminds me of you. Except you."
6th Jan '17 9:37:50 AM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Driftwood''': Why that's the fire escape. And that's a table, and this is a room, and there's the door and I wish you'd use it. I... [[GrandHotel I vant to be alone.]]

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-->'''Driftwood''': Why that's the fire escape. And that's a table, and this is a room, and there's the door and I wish you'd use it. I... [[GrandHotel [[Film/GrandHotel I vant to be alone.]]
5th Jan '17 4:07:24 PM LBHills
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* MuggedForDisguise: After Tomasso bonks Gottleib on the head ''again'', Driftwood takes his tux to get into the opera.

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* MuggedForDisguise: Fiorello, Tomasso and Ricardo take the Italian aviators' uniforms ([[UpToEleven and their beards]]) to slip off the boat in disguise. After Tomasso bonks Gottleib on the head ''again'', Driftwood takes his tux to get into the opera.


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** Driftwood and Fiorello do so habitually, but are at their best when double-teaming. When Gottlieb enters his office, he finds the people he's been chasing sitting around eating, drinking and smoking at his expense.
--> '''Driftwood:''' Just the man I want to see! Gottlieb, these are the worst cigars I've ever smoked!\\
'''Fiorello:''' Yeah. And your ice isn't cold enough, either.
5th Jan '17 3:50:50 PM LBHills
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--> '''Harpo's Horn:''' ''honk''
--> '''Driftwood:''' ...and one goose egg.
5th Jan '17 3:49:27 PM LBHills
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''A Night at the Opera'' is a 1935 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. There's a fine debate over this or ''DuckSoup'' as the Marx Brothers' best film as well as one of the funniest movies ever. It was subsequently {{Homage}}d by the Zucker Brothers' movie ''Film/BrainDonors''.

Not to be confused with the 1975 Music/{{Queen}} album ''Music/ANightAtTheOpera'', which was named after the movie. (Or with the Music/BlindGuardian album, which was named after the Queen album.)

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''A Night at the Opera'' is a 1935 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. There's a fine debate Fans have debated for eighty years over whether this or ''DuckSoup'' as is the Marx Brothers' best film as well as film, but most agree it's one of the funniest movies ever. ever.

It was subsequently {{Homage}}d by the Zucker Brothers' movie ''Film/BrainDonors''.

''Film/BrainDonors''. Not to be confused with the 1975 Music/{{Queen}} album ''Music/ANightAtTheOpera'', which was named after the movie. (Or with the Music/BlindGuardian album, which was named after the Queen album.)
5th Jan '17 1:24:45 PM LBHills
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* {{Gaslighting}}: When the team finally reaches america, they move beds from one room to the other to anger the detective and drive him batty.

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* {{Gaslighting}}: When the team finally reaches america, America, they move beds from one room to the other to anger the detective and drive him batty.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''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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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Driftwood: '''
GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Almost everything Driftwood says to Mrs. Claypool pushes the boundaries of good taste for 1936. A few cracks are still on the outrageous side.
-->'''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.
5th Dec '16 8:45:55 PM Mdumas43073
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->''And now, on with the opera. Let joy be unconfined. Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons, and necking in the parlor. Play, Don.''

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->''And ->''"And now, on with the opera. Let joy be unconfined. Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons, and necking in the parlor. Play, Don.'' "''
5th Dec '16 8:44:30 PM Mdumas43073
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27th Nov '16 10:02:39 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AtTheOperaTonight

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* AtTheOperaTonightAtTheOperaTonight: It's right there in the title.
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