History Film / DuckSoup

18th Oct '16 9:05:11 PM NWolfman
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The Creator/MarxBrothers' fifth film, and held by many to be their best (in tough competition with ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'' for that title). Released in 1933, it was also their final film for [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Paramount Pictures]]. It was one of the first films to openly mock the rising fascism in Europe.

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The Creator/MarxBrothers' fifth film, and held by many to be their best (in film and, in the eyes of the public, in tough competition with ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'' for that title).as their best. Released in 1933, it was also their final film for [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Paramount Pictures]]. It was one of the first films to openly mock the rising fascism in Europe.
17th Oct '16 7:22:41 AM megarotic
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The story begins in the vaguely European country of [[{{Ruritania}} Freedonia,]] which is nearly bankrupt due to national mismanagement. Wealthy dowager [[GrandeDame Mrs. Teasdale]] (Margaret Dumont) agrees to loan the country $20 million, but only if Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is appointed ruler. Unfortunately, Ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) of the neighboring nation of Sylvania plots to take over Freedonia, and sends his best spies Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx) to do his dirty work. But between Firefly's womanizing antics, Firefly's incompetent policies, and Firefly's wanton insults to the Ambassador, Freedonia is soon on the fast track of war with Sylvania. Naturally, HilarityEnsues throughout all of this.

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The story begins in the vaguely European country of [[{{Ruritania}} Freedonia,]] which is nearly bankrupt due to national mismanagement. Wealthy dowager [[GrandeDame Mrs. Teasdale]] (Margaret Dumont) agrees to loan the country $20 million, but only if Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is appointed ruler. Unfortunately, Ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) of the neighboring nation of Sylvania plots to take over Freedonia, and sends his best spies Chicolini (Chico Marx) and Pinky (Harpo Marx) to do his dirty work. But between Firefly's womanizing antics, Firefly's incompetent policies, and Firefly's wanton insults to the Ambassador, Freedonia is soon on the fast track of to war with Sylvania. Naturally, HilarityEnsues throughout all of this.
14th Sep '16 5:05:41 AM TFSyndicate
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-->''Bob Roland'': "Trentino is trying to undermine you. What're you going to do about it?"
-->''Firefly'': "I've a good mind to ring his doorbell and run!"

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-->''Bob Roland'': -->'''Bob Roland''': "Trentino is trying to undermine you. What're you going to do about it?"
-->''Firefly'': -->'''Firefly''': "I've a good mind to ring his doorbell and run!"
14th Sep '16 5:05:04 AM TFSyndicate
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* DingDongDitchDistraction: Discussed
-->''Bob Roland'': "Trentino is trying to undermine you. What're you going to do about it?"
-->''Firefly'': "I've a good mind to ring his doorbell and run!"
29th Jul '16 8:40:15 PM Micah
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* HypocriticalHumor: Firefly's secretary Bob Roland (played by Zeppo) whispers to him a story that he'd told to Vera Marcal, which caused her and Ambassador Trentino to slap him. Firefly immediately slaps Zeppo.

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* HypocriticalHumor: A staple for Firefly.
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Firefly's secretary Bob Roland (played by Zeppo) whispers to him a story that he'd told to Vera Marcal, which caused her and Ambassador Trentino to slap him. Firefly immediately slaps Zeppo.


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** Firefly caps a long {{Motor Mouth}}ed monologue with "Do you know you haven't stopped talking since I got here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle."
3rd Mar '16 8:08:52 AM Kirayoshi
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** Earlier in the movie:
--->'''Lemonade Stand Owner''': I'll teach you to hit me!\\
'''Chico''': You don't have to teach me, I know how! ''(hits him again)''
3rd Mar '16 1:33:26 AM Kirayoshi
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** In his first number, Firefly declares that "Whistling is forbidden" and then starts whistling. He also declares that chewing gum would be forbidden, and is seen visibly chewing gum.
27th Feb '16 8:30:33 AM Ohio9
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* TheHilarityOfHats: There is a scene in the movie where Harpo and Chico mess with a lemonade stand owner by knocking his hat off and then swapping it around with their hats when he tries to pick it up and put it back on.
24th Feb '16 6:17:59 AM ThatsMyHorse
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After sneaking Chicolini and Pinky into Mrs. Teasdale's manor, Trentino's accomplice Vera Marcal just sort of disappears from the film without explanation (despite actress Raquel Torres being credited second in the supporting cast, after Margaret Dumont and before Louis Calhern [Trentino]).
21st Feb '16 9:28:32 AM ZarbiNerada
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* CouldntFindALighter: Harpo uses a blowtorch to light a cigar.

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* CouldntFindALighter: CouldntFindALighter[=/=]MundaneUtility: Harpo uses a blowtorch to light a cigar.



* IronicNurseryTune: Newly installed President Firefly lays down the law in a peppy tune:

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* IronicNurseryTune: IronicNurseryTune[=/=]DeadlyEuphemism: Newly installed President Firefly lays down the law in a peppy tune:


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* {{Squick}}: Invoked by Pinky. After the lemonade vendor overturns the peanut stand, Pinky takes off his shoes and socks and jogs in place in the lemonade tank.
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