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Duck Soup

Directed by Leo McCarey
United States, 1933
Comedy, Musical


The tiny nation of Freedonia is on the brink of revolution and Rufus T. Firefly—a cynical, sarcastic dictator who refuses to play politics by the book—is appointed as president. Meanwhile, the neighboring country of Sylvania sends in two spies to obtain top secret information. War seems inevitable.

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Duck Soup Directed by Leo McCarey
Many reasons could be cited why this is the best of all the Marx Brothers features, even though it was a commercial disappointment when it was first released in 1933.
September 01, 2009
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Arguably the funniest movie ever made. The brothers claim that the film’s story—about a leader (Groucho) who arbitrarily takes his country to war—was never intended as satire, but only Dr. Strangelove matches its audacity in sending up the follies of nationalism and conflict.
December 06, 2004
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Indisputably the Marx Brothers’ greatest film. It’s the product of a fortunate collaboration with the masterful comedy director Leo McCarey who understood his performers’ comic genius.
April 01, 2001
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