Darren and Rob’s Movie Challenge Week #6 – Rob’s Challenge – Duck Soup (1933)

Darren    and     Rob'sBeing that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.

The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)

Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.

Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists

For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..

duck soup“I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it.” – Rufus T. Firefly

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After becoming the new President of the nearly bankrupt country of Freedonia, Rufus T. Firefly must find a way to prevent war with their neighboring country Sylvania which is conspiring to annex them.

My Take on it – I truly cannot believe that it has taken me so long to finally see a Marx Brothers movie.  I have heard of their antics before and especially of Groucho’s famous one-liners, but I never has the pleasure to sit down and watch one of their movies.

Thankfully, Darren has helped me correct that misstep and I think that this movie was a great choice to initiate me into their brand of humor.

The slapstick humor and the one-liners made me laugh out loud so many time while watching this that I actually lost count.

Every one of the brothers are very funny and the fact that each had a distinct character and personality, the whole movie flowed extremely well along with the jokes.

The message delivered thru their comedy about politics, government and war is still spot on 802 years later.

The best scene is obviously the “mirror” scene which is done so amazingly here.  It just goe sto show how easily one can dress up like Groucho. 🙂

I definitely plan to try and watch more of their stuff!

(Darren, this is my favorite of your choices so far) 🙂

Bottom Line – Very funny slapstick comedy that is thin on plot but thick on laughs. All 4 Marx Brothers are very funny here and I can now say that I’m happily finally initiated into their world of laughs.  Can’t believe I’d never seen the mirror scene before because it truly is amazing. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Italian dictator Benito Mussolini banned the film from Italy because he thought it was a direct attack on him. When news of this reached The Marx Brothers, they were reportedly ecstatic.(From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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14 thoughts on “Darren and Rob’s Movie Challenge Week #6 – Rob’s Challenge – Duck Soup (1933)

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  3. “Duck Soup” is my second favourite film of all time. 🙂

    If you are going to explore the Marx Bros other films be aware of a few things:

    1) Their first five films for Paramount were all whacky antics with barely any plot but still brilliant.

    2) The first two – “The Coconuts” and “Animal Crackers” – were based on their stage plays which shows in the stilted production of the films.

    3) The MGM films were grander productions and more plot based with “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At the Races” being the strongest ones.

    4) Their later films were rushed affairs made to pay off Chico’s gambling debts. Their last film “Love Happy” only features Groucho in the final act, although it also features Marilyn Monroe’s screen debut!

    5) Enjoy! 🙂


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