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The legendary Marx Brothers take a hilarious, musical swipe atself-importance, pomposity and insensitivity, that crescendos with amanic on-stage performance, A Night at the Opera.Milan. Seedy promoterOtis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) guarantees patroness (Margaret Dumont)a position in high society if she bankrolls an opera. The plan hinges onsigning egotistical tenor Rodolfo Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), butDriftwood meets his match in talent manager Fiorello (Chico Marx), whorepresents "the world's greatest tenor" -- actually the more-deserving,but unknown Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), who's also in love with theopera's soprano, Rosa (Kitty Carlisle). When Driftwood's deal fallsthrough, the promoter, his patroness, tenors, soprano and many more mustmake a madcap Atlantic steamship crossing.]]>
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The new Warner DVD of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA is encoded for Region 1 and 4, and has a cleaner video transfer than I expected considering the age of the film. Obviously, a video restoration has been done, as were the cases for many of recent Warner DVDs of old movies. The original mono audio is fine, save for some age-related hisses in the background.Read more ›
The biggest thing this film has going for it (outside of the wonderful Marx Brothers themselves, of course) is the big production values that MGM splashed out on. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it's nice to have some great big sets for the Brothers to clown around in (Harpo's stunt double swinging through the rafters is great), but all things considered, I think I prefer the tongue-in-cheek send-up of the big dance numbers (as done in DUCK SOUP) to the production dances which are played straight here.
Margaret Dumont is underused, which is a shame since her dignified outrage usually accounted for big laughs. She gets a good scene at the beginning, and a handful of opportunities to look indignant later in the film, but she isn't the constant presence that she had been in other films.
Still, while I can pick out a few flaws here and there, this is overall a hilarious and fun movie.Read more ›
Extra features are as follows:
Commentary by Leonard Maltin
All-New Documentary "Remarks On Marx"
The Hy Gardner Show (1/1/61) excerpt featuring Groucho Marx
Three Vintage MGM Shorts:
Fitzpatrick Traveltalk's Los Angeles: Wonder City Of The World
Sunday Night At The Trocadero
Robert Benchley's Academy Award -Winning How To Sleep
WB is releasing 6 other Marx Brother's films all at the same time. Universal also is preparing to release their Marx Brothers films this year, including "Duck Soup."
Groucho is Otis P. Driftwood, too busy trying to fleece Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont) to waste time running an Opera Company. Harpo is Tomasso, the much abused valet to the pompous tenor Rudolpho Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), while Chico is Fiorello, self-appointed agent for the unknown but talent young singer Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), who is in love with Rosa Castaldi (Kitty Carlisle). When Groucho loses his job to stuffed shirt Herman Gottlieb (Sig Ruman), it is up to the Marx Brothers to restore order and sanity to the universe.
In terms of classic comic routines "A Night at the Opera" gives you (1) the Stateroom scene with all those people (and don't forget the hardboiled eggs); (2) Groucho and Chico discussing the clauses in a contract (including the Sanity Clause); (3) Chico and Harpo working "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" into the overture of the opera (get your peanuts); (4) a dinner date between Groucho and Margaret Dumont (looking at him is the price you have to pay); and (5) Chico the Russian aviator explaining how they flew across the Atlantic Ocean in a boat (always remember to take enough gas or else you will have to turn back).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the Marx brothers' best movies in my opinion! The state room scene is hilarious, Chico and Grocho exchange about the sanity clause makes me laugh every time, and of course... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Jamie Goodwin
Everyone should see this movie. Even if you don't like old movies, you should try this one because it is a classic for many reasons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nancy H. Rathke
Timeless, funny madcap slapstick. I love the one liners and the quick humor and play on words. Great family viewing.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A step down from "Duck Soup" (in my opinion) but still one of their greatest -if only for the stateroom scene and the conclusion at the NY Opera.Published 3 months ago by Rick Drais
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