"Once upon a time," writes Matthew in The Annotated, "there was a Marx Brothers film called Duck Soup." Nobody disagrees with that, but we do find some points of contrast in this full-episode discussion about the Marx Brothers' greatest film, which is not their best work. Of course you know this means war!
Official description: "This month we take a deep dive into Duck Soup, which Matthew acknowledges as one of his thirteen favorite Marx Brothers films. Bob fixates way too much on trivial moments, while Noah savors the early scripts way more than Leo McCarey did. By the end, we all reluctantly agree that the film is over…and so is Zeppo. Oh, and be on the lookout for a Ramones shout-out, a tie-in to Hogan’s Heroes, and a clip from a 1986 film."
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Footnotes for this episode --
- Treatment, November-December 1932
- Screenplay, January 1933
- Duck Soup radio promo #1 (Paramount Movie Parade)
- Duck Soup radio promo #2 (Paramount Movie Parade)
- Pasadena Jewett Estate (Teasdale tea party location)
- "El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)," Havana Casino Orchestra, 1930:
Many thanks to Mikael Uhlin for these materials! Visit Mikael's Duck Soup page here.
Hail, hail Freedonia -- see you next month!