Director: Leo McCarey
Writer: Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres, Edgar Kennedy
Quotable: "Oh, your Excellency!" "You're not so bad yourself."
Fun Fact: Unlike most Marx Brothers movies, there's no scene here in which Harpo plays a harp.
In brief, Duck Soup is about a small fictional country called Freedonia that borrows a hefty amount of money from a rich widow, who then replaces the president with the absurd Rufus T. Firefly. Inspiring films like Woody Allen's Bananas and Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator, the Marx Brothers makes sly digs at the foolishness of nationalism, which sounds stuffy, but consider that facism was on the rise in Europe during the film's heyday. The intense (and hilarious) wordplay of the brothers keeps this movie in regular rotation among movie lovers. They were so clever that Mussolini took offense and banned the film from Italy.