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A Night at the Opera (15-Nov-1935)

Director: Sam Wood

Writers: George S. Kaufman; James Kevin McGuinness; Morrie Ryskind

Musical Score by: Herbert Stothart

Keywords: Comedy

Business manager Otis P. Driftwood brings the wealthy Mrs. Claypool into high society, by having her invest $200,000 in Herman Gottlieb's opera company, affording the possibility of bringing two premier opera singers to New York; at the same time he romances Mrs. Claypool with an eye on the rest of her money. Among the funniest of all Marx Brothers films. Entered 1993 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kitty Carlisle
3-Sep-1910 18-Apr-2007 A Night at the Opera
Margaret Dumont
20-Oct-1882 6-Mar-1965 Foil to the Marx Brothers
Allan Jones
14-Oct-1907 27-Jun-1992 Show Boat
Chico Marx
22-Mar-1887 11-Oct-1961 An Italian con-man of a Marx Brother
Groucho Marx
2-Oct-1890 19-Aug-1977 You Bet Your Life
Harpo Marx
23-Nov-1888 28-Sep-1964 Silent harp-playing Marx Brother
Sig Ruman
11-Oct-1884 14-Feb-1967 Stalag 17


Groucho Marx   ...   Otis B. Driftwood (promoter)
Chico Marx   ...   Fiorello (phony manager)
Harpo Marx   ...   Tomasso
Kitty Carlisle   ...   Rosa Castaldi (opera singer)
Allan Jones   ...   Ricardo Baroni (lesser tenor)
Walter King   ...   Rodolfo Lassparri (tenor)
Sig Ruman   ...   Gottlieb (runs opera company)
Margaret Dumont   ...   Mrs. Claypool (patroness)
Edward Keane   ...   Captain
Robert Emmet O'Connor   ...   Henderson


Review by Evan Peterson (posted on 31-Aug-2005)

This Marx Brothers film (minus Zeppo), has always been regarded as an American classic, both in its humor and its romantic themes. Brilliantly directed by Sam Wood, the three Marx Brothers work for an Italian opera company that is traveling across the Atlantic to New York. The unknown opera singer (Alan Jones) becomes a stowaway along with Chico and Harpo so he can be with the opera singer whom he loves (Kitty Carlisle). When they reach the states all heck breaks loose. The Brothers work hard to get both opera stars on stage who love each other. This film should be in every movie lover's collection!

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