Trivia / Duck Soup

  • Acclaimed Flop: Did only reasonably well in its initial release and is now considered to be the best Marx Brothers picture ever made, but didn't turn in a profit, leading to their contract with Paramount Pictures not being renewed.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Banned in Fascist Italy: Benito Mussolini was under the impression that the entire film was a Take That! at his expense. Ironically, the most common criticism leveled against the movie in America was that it didn't criticize fascism strongly enough.
    • Apparently, when the Marx Brothers found out about this, they were ecstatic!
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Rufus T. Firefly is often quoted as saying "A child of five could understand this. Send somebody to fetch a child of five". However, the actual line is "Why, a four-year-old child could understand this report! Run out and find me a four-year-old child, I can't make head or tail of it!"
  • Completely Different Title: In Sweden, the film was released as "Fyra Fula Fiskar", meaning something along the lines of "Four Crooks [/Untrustworthy People]"note 
  • Cut Song: Screenwriters and songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby wrote the song "Keep on Doin' What You're Doin'" for Zeppo Marx and Raquel Torres to sing. When that romantic subplot was cut, Kalmar & Ruby recycled the song for Hips, Hips, Hooray! with Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, who sang it with Dorothy Lee and Thelma Todd.
  • The Danza: Chico's character is named Chicolini.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Trope picture courtesy this film.
  • Similarly Named Works: There's 1927 Laurel and Hardy comedy with the same title which was also directed by Leo McCary.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • An early draft of the script introduces Freedonia's new dictator Rufus T. Firefly as an agent for an ammunition company, which led to lots of ammunition-salesman jokes and intertwined with the movie's war theme.
    • In the original script, Chicolini and Pinky were cousins and Bob was Firefly's son. Also, Pinky was originally called Skippy.
    • Early drafts of the script included scenes in an opera house and aboard a zeppelin.
    • Vera was Trentino's niece in early drafts.
    • In the original script, there was to be a romance between Vera Marcal and Bob Roland but it was cut before the picture's release, much to Zeppo's annoyance.
    • Sylvania was called "Amnesia" in early drafts.
  • Working Title: Cracked Ice, Firecrackers and Grasshoppers.
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