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Duck Soup (1933)



Critic Consensus: Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies.

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Arguably the Marx Brothers' funniest film, this comedy masterpiece contains several famous scenes, including the hilarious mirror sequence. A wealthy widow offers financial aid to the bankrupt country of Freedonia on condition that Rufus T. Firefly be made leader. But his chaotic, inept regime bumbles into war with neighboring Sylvania.

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Groucho Marx
as Rufus T. Firefly
Chico Marx
as Chicolini
Zeppo Marx
as Bob Roland
Margaret Dumont
as Mrs. Gloria Teasdale
Louis Calhern
as Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania
Raquel Torres
as Vera Marcal
Verna Hillie
as Secretary
William Worthington
as First Minister of Finance
Edwin Maxwell
as Secretary of War
Edgar Kennedy
as Street Vendor
George MacQuarrie
as First Judge
Fred G. Sullivan
as Second Judge
Davison Clark
as Second Minister of Finance
Eric Mayne
as Third Judge
Dale Van Sickel
as Palace Guard
Frederick Sullivan
as Second Judge
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Critic Reviews for Duck Soup

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (13)

It turns out that the sharp-tongued humour of Groucho Marx is ageless, the slapstick timely and the subject matter still pertinent: loony dictatorship, religion, pointless warfare.

January 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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The sheer silliness is inspired ...

January 15, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Questioning the canonical standing of a titan such as Duck Soup seems like an exercise in questioning the tastes of those who like it rather than the upbraiding the comedy mechanics of the film itself.

January 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Genius just about covers it.

January 12, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Duck Soup should make practically everybody laugh.

June 27, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Marx Brothers' best movie...

June 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Duck Soup


If there's any intellectual consideration to be drawn from the Marx Brothers life thesis presented here it might be that all works of the hands of men are inevitably polluted, tainted with greed and dishonesty, and thereby open to ridicule. No respecters of any social convention, it's all up for laffs, and they lay out the disrespect with the glee of children. Favorite line: "I can see you right now in the kitchen, bending over a hot stove ... but I can't see the stove!" Margaret Dumont again as the madcap girl of the family.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Marx brothers raise hell and guns and laughter in this classic, with big musical numbers and a hysterical slapstick humor full of puns and physical gags and memorable scenes that helped define the comedy genre and were an inspiration to many great comedians who came after.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Dispite the short duration of it and the lack of more informations about McCarey's storytelling, Duck Soup is one of the finest Marx Brothers film. Laugh out loud all the 69 minutes. Groucho presents the most unforgettable character of his career, Rufus T. Firefly, that sometimes remember Chaplin's The Great Dictator, a few Three Stooges shorts and we can see too the clear influence that Rufus had in Sacha Baron Cohen's Admiral General Aladeen. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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