History Film / DuckSoup

22nd Jun '17 8:57:34 AM Kafkesque
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* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: The war sequence drops a reference to Paul Revere with the "one if by land, two if by sea" lantern signal. The result?
-->'''Firefly:''' Three lights! They're coming by land ''and'' sea.
6th Mar '17 7:09:31 PM nombretomado
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* CourtroomAntic: Chicolini's trial. The MarxBrothers are performing courtroom antics not to prevent/assure convictions, but simply because their characters are...well...[[CloudCuckoolander who]] [[CrazyAwesome they]] [[RuleOfFunny are]]. Cases in point: offering the witness bets on whether there's a conviction; objecting on the grounds of "I couldn't think of anything else to say"; sustaining objections on the grounds of "I couldn't think of anything else to say either"; and a pun or two.

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* CourtroomAntic: Chicolini's trial. The MarxBrothers Creator/MarxBrothers are performing courtroom antics not to prevent/assure convictions, but simply because their characters are...well...[[CloudCuckoolander who]] [[CrazyAwesome they]] [[RuleOfFunny are]]. Cases in point: offering the witness bets on whether there's a conviction; objecting on the grounds of "I couldn't think of anything else to say"; sustaining objections on the grounds of "I couldn't think of anything else to say either"; and a pun or two.
16th Feb '17 4:25:36 PM JulianLapostat
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The Creator/MarxBrothers' fifth film and, in the eyes of the public, in tough competition with ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'' 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.

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The Creator/MarxBrothers' fifth film and, in the eyes of the public, in tough competition with ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'' as their best. Released Directed by Creator/LeoMcCarey and 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.
31st Jan '17 10:50:42 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwo: The musical number "When the Clock on the Wall Strikes Ten" is about how Firefly will make his entrance when...well see the title.

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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwo: WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: The musical number "When the Clock on the Wall Strikes Ten" is about how Firefly will make his entrance when...well see the title.
26th Jan '17 7:33:13 PM Monolaf317
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-->If anyone's caught taking graft - and I don't get my share,\\
We stand him up against the wall and Pop! goes the weasel!

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-->If anyone's caught taking graft - and I don't get my share,\\
We
share,
-->We
stand him up against the wall and Pop! goes the weasel!



-->'''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''': "Trentino Trentino is trying to undermine you. What're you going to do about it?"
it?
-->'''Firefly''': "I've I've a good mind to ring his doorbell and run!"run!
26th Jan '17 7:32:39 PM Monolaf317
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-->If anyone's caught taking graft - and I don't get my share,

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-->If anyone's caught taking graft - and I don't get my share, share,\\



* DingDongDitchDistraction: Discussed

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* DingDongDitchDistraction: DiscussedDiscussed.



* GoYeHeroesAndDie: An intentional version as Pinky is "volunteered" to break through enemy lines in the final battle between Freedonia and Sylvania:

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* GoYeHeroesAndDie: GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: An intentional version as Pinky is "volunteered" to break through enemy lines in the final battle between Freedonia and Sylvania:
16th Jan '17 12:32:30 PM Brynhild.Svanhvit
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* BeserkButton: President Rufus T. Firefly is prepared to go to war over Ambassador Trentino calling him an "upstart." Later Firefly has calmed down and he and Trentino patch things up, realizing that neither of them can remember the word that set things off. Trentino jokingly tries several possibilities, and unfortunately hits on the right one, which starts the war all over again.

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* BeserkButton: BerserkButton: President Rufus T. Firefly is prepared to go to war over Ambassador Trentino calling him an "upstart." Later Firefly has calmed down and he and Trentino patch things up, realizing that neither of them can remember the word that set things off. Trentino jokingly tries several possibilities, and unfortunately hits on the right one, which starts the war all over again.
11th Jan '17 3:59:14 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwo: The musical number "When the Clock on the Wall Strikes Ten" is about how Firefly will make his entrance when...well see the title.
10th Jan '17 7:18:38 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AnimatedTattoo: Harpo shows a tattoo of a doghouse - and a live-action dog sticks his head out of it and barks.


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* BedmateReveal: Harpo is in bed with a woman...and a horse.


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* BeserkButton: President Rufus T. Firefly is prepared to go to war over Ambassador Trentino calling him an "upstart." Later Firefly has calmed down and he and Trentino patch things up, realizing that neither of them can remember the word that set things off. Trentino jokingly tries several possibilities, and unfortunately hits on the right one, which starts the war all over again.
* BigBad: Trentino and Rufus T. Firefly.


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* CoolSidecar: His Excellency's "car". After being twice left behind by Harpo in the detached sidecar, Groucho insists that this time he's driving. Cue Harpo driving off in the sidecar, leaving Groucho on the immobile motorcycle.


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* CourtroomAntic: Chicolini's trial. The MarxBrothers are performing courtroom antics not to prevent/assure convictions, but simply because their characters are...well...[[CloudCuckoolander who]] [[CrazyAwesome they]] [[RuleOfFunny are]]. Cases in point: offering the witness bets on whether there's a conviction; objecting on the grounds of "I couldn't think of anything else to say"; sustaining objections on the grounds of "I couldn't think of anything else to say either"; and a pun or two.


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* DeadlyEuphemism: PlayedForLaughs:
-->If anyone's caught taking graft - and I don't get my share,
We stand him up against the wall and Pop! goes the weasel!


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* DrawingStraws: Chicolini decides who will join the battle with a variant of "Eeny meeny miny moe":
-->"Rrrrrrrinspot! One-sa, two-sa, zig-zag-zav, poptie, gimmega, tin-lie, tav, harem, scarem, moychan, tarem, tare, tore...[points to himself] I did it wrong"


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* FictionalCountry: Freedonia and Sylvania.


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* GoYeHeroesAndDie: An intentional version as Pinky is "volunteered" to break through enemy lines in the final battle between Freedonia and Sylvania:
-->'''Rufus T. Firefly''': You're a brave man. Go and break through the lines. And remember, while you're out there risking your life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in be in here thinking what a sucker you are.


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* HaveWeMet:
-->'''Ambassador Trentino:''' Have we met each other before, sir?\\
'''Rufus T. Firefly:''' I don't think so. In fact, I'm not sure I'm seeing you now; it must be something I ate.


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* LamePunReaction: Chicolini's suggestion that Freedonia maintain a standing army, "because then we save money on chairs", provokes Firefly to give him the bum's rush from the room (and apparently worse, judging by the OffscreenCrash that follows). This is a pun so bad that ''Groucho'', the man who once took pictures of the native girls and was waiting for them to develop, felt it necessary to chase Chico.


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* {{Malaproper}}:
-->'''Prosecutor:''' Something must be done! War would mean a prohibitive increase in our taxes.\\
'''Chicolini:''' Hey, I got an uncle lives in Taxes.\\
'''Prosecutor:''' No, I'm talking about taxes -- money, dollars!\\
'''Chicolini:''' Dollars! There's-a where my uncle lives! Dollars, Taxes!


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* NationalAnthem: Hail! Hail Freedonia! Land of the brave! And! Free!


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* OffscreenCrash:
-->'''Chicolini''': I think we should have a standing army.\\
'''Firefly''': Oh? Why's that?\\
'''Chicolini''': We save money on chairs.\\
[Firefly thunders into him, pushes him out the door, and CRASH!]


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* OnlyOneName: Chicolini and Pinky.


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* PretextForWar: Essentially just bankruptcy and personal slights. Some of which were hypothetical slights that didn't actually happen, at that.


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* RejectedApology:
-->'''Trentino''': I'm sorry we lost our tempers. I'm willing to forget if you are.
-->'''Firefly''': Forget? You ask me to forget... Why, my ancestors would rise from their graves... and I'd only have to bury them again... A Firefly never forgets.
-->'''Trentino''': I am willing to apologize... I'm willing to do anything to prevent this war.
-->'''Firefly''': Nothing doing!! I've taken a lease on the battlefield. I'd lose my deposit, besides, I've already ordered the ammunition.
-->'''Vera''': Oh, Your Excellency, isn't there something I can do?
-->'''Firefly''': Yes, but I'll talk to you about that when we're alone.
-->'''Mrs. Teasdale''': Oh, won't you reconsider.
-->'''Firefly''': Well, maybe I am a little headstrong... But, you know, it's awfully hard to forget what he called me.
-->'''Trentino''': What I called you... Why, what did I call you?
-->'''Firefly''': I don't remember.
-->'''Trentino''': ''(With a little chuckle)'' Oh -- you mean... worm?
-->'''Firefly''': No, that wasn't it...
-->'''Trenitno''': Was it -- swine?
-->'''Firefly''': No... it was a seven letter word.
-->'''Trentino''': ''(Thinking, then with a broad smile)'' Oh yes! -- UPSTART!
-->'''Firefly''': That's it...
-->''Takes gloves from Trentino's breast pocket and [[GloveSlap socks him across the face]], and puts them in his own breast pocket. Trentino becomes apoplectic''
-->'''Trentino''': Why - er - Mrs. Teasdale - this is an outrage! This man is impossible... My course is clear... this means war!


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* RousingSpeech: Parodied (naturally) by Groucho: "And remember, while you're out there risking your life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in here thinking what a sucker you are!"


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* RuleOfThree: The motorcycle gag. Also, Firefly slapping Trentino.


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* {{Ruritania}}: Freedonia, land of the brave and free! In a clear-cut case of Western Imperialism, the wealthy Mrs. Teasdale insists running dog Rufus T. Firefly be appointed President in return for half her husband's fortune to avoid an impending liberation by neighboring Sylvania. (It's not clear whether this is the same Sylvania portrayed in the 1929 film ''Film/TheLoveParade,'' in which Creator/MauriceChevalier plays a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob who becomes prince consort to Sylvania's Queen Louise.)
* RussianReversal:
-->"Why, I could dance with you 'til the cows come home! On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows 'til you come home!"


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* StrangeSalute: The soldiers of Freedonia salute by placing their arm horizontally, with a down-facing open palm, across their chest.


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* TransformingVehicle: Firefly has as his personal vehicle a motorcycle (driven by Harpo) with a sidecar. The first two times Firefly gets in the sidecar, Harpo drives off without him. [[TheTriple The third time]] Firefly [[GenreSavvy gets on the bike and has Harpo get in the sidecar]]. Harpo drives off in the sidecar, leaving Firefly on the motorcycle.
19th Dec '16 1:05:57 PM LarryMullen
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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Trope picture courtesy this film.
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