Night at the Opera, A (DVD)

The zany Marx Brothers turn an operatic performance into chaos in their efforts to promote their prot?g?'s romance with the leading lady.

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5.0

The Marx Brothes at their very best

By red red robin

from Washington, DC

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Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Funny
  • Great Comedians

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    Comments about Night at the Opera, A (DVD):

    I bought this for a friend who works backstage at an opera company and somehow had never gotten around to seeing this. I knew he'd get a special kick out of it because of the plot. However, this has been a favorite of mine since I was a teenager, and it's possibly my favorite Marx Bros. movie ("Horse Feathers" isn't objectively as good but it's the other contender on my list).

    This was the Marxs' first movie for MGM and they got all the benefits of that studio in its heyday, PLUS a short road tour with a rough version of the script to work on it in front of live audiences. Margaret Dumont is back. Harpo's harp and Chico's funny piano playing is back. There are great supporting performances, especially from Kitty Carlisle and Allan Jones as the romantic leads. (There are also a couple of pompous types who need to be mocked, pushed around, hit on the head and so on.)And because of the Hayes code, there's nothing in this that isn't OK for all audiences: no dirty words, no violence, no sexual activity (how did they make movies back then?)

    The plot is an excuse for the usual Marx anarchy: for Groucho to line his pockets with Margaret Dumont's money by making her a patron of the arts, in this case, the New York Opera Company. To replace the pompous tenor Rudopho Lasparri (who's mean to his dresser, Harpo, and after the soprano Rosa, played by Ms Carlisle) with Riccardo, the chorus boy who's in love with Rosa (and she with him) AND a better singer and all round good guy, and not coincidentally, managed by Chico. (The scene where Groucho and Chico work out, and rip up most of his contract, is a classic.) There's singing, dancing, falling down stairs, baseball in the orchestra pit, and everything works out.

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