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Duck Soup

Directed by Leo McCarey

USA, 1933

Cornerhouse, 22 February 2015

Duck Soup

Groucho takes over a country.  Chaos and carnival become the order of the day.  And Margaret Dumont’s decorous equilibrium is placed under severe pressure.

As Marx Brothers’ films go, this is not one of their best.  It’s composed of sketches sown together piecemeal, as is all too apparent.  But, hey, it’s the Marx Brothers – collectively, the missing link between Charlie Chaplin and Woody Allen – and they’re always good enough.  Philosophy of a sort; wisecracks aplenty; slapstick violence; outlandish behaviour – it’s all here.

Duck Soup is showing again tomorrow as part of Matinee Classics, further details here.