Duck Soup

Duck Soup

A film by Leo McCarey
Starring Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx

This classic Marx Brothers romp follows Rufus Firefly (Groucho Marx), the newly appointed leader of the penniless nation of Freedonia, just as neighboring Sylvania plans to attack. An anarchic comedy in which the gag trumps any plot or theme, the film’s greatest punch line may be that Groucho’s corrupt, lunatic dictator would play the straight man against his real-world counterparts.

With a post-World War I cynicism toward patriotism and a pre-World War II unease about democracy’s fragility, the Marx Brothers (even Zeppo!) mine comedic gold from the topics of war, nationalism, money, and politics.


Technical Information

Production Year
Countries of Production
English, English
Running Time
68 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Sunday, Mar 8, 2015
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013
1:00pm · 11:30am
Sunday, Oct 4, 2009
Saturday, Oct 3, 2009

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