1933 Marx Brothers comedy about the fictional country of Freedonia

Duck Soup is a 1933 pre-Code Marx Brothers comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. First released theatrically by Paramount Pictures on 17 November 1933, it starred what were then billed as the "Four Marx Brothers" (Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo) and also featured Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres and Edgar Kennedy. It was the last Marx Brothers film to feature Zeppo, and the last of five Marx Brothers movies released by Paramount Pictures.

Cast and Crew

Groucho MarxRufus T. Firefly
Harpo MarxPinky

Video Products

Duck Soup, 17 Oct 2000
The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection, 9 Nov 2004
6-disc box set, includes The Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, Duck Soup and bonus material

Articles

Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"17. Duck Soup (1933). The Marx Brothers turn war into anarchy. All hail, Freedonia!"
Hail, Hail, Freedonia!, by Roland Watson, 2 Jul 2002
Describes a fictional, anarcho-capitalist Freedonia and compares it with a fictional, statist Sylvania
"... one of the Marx Brothers' films 'Duck Soup' leaves us in no doubt about the anti-war and anti-fascist nature of their possibly best movie. Today, I am not so much focusing on the Freedonia of that film, but another Freedonia partly inspired by a dialogue in the film where Groucho (as Rufus T. Firefly, ruler of Freedonia) holds a cabinet meeting ..."
More Anti-War Films, by Butler Shaffer, 21 May 2007
More short summaries of anti-war films with rankings in terms of importance, follow-up to "Memorial Day Alternative"
"The Marx Brothers slapstick assault on the war system, with Groucho — as Freedonia's prime minister — declaring war on a neighboring country for no apparent reason. My favorite line in the film is when, in the course of battle, Groucho tells the others that they are fighting for (Margaret Dumont's) 'honor: which is probably more than she ever did.'"

Videos


Duck Soup Trailer, 1933

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Duck Soup (1933 film)" as of 03 Oct 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.