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Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers anarchic 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 November 17 1933, it starred what were then billed as the "Four Marx Brothers" (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo) and also featured Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres, Louis Calhern and Edgar Kennedy. It was the last Marx Brothers film to feature Zeppo, and the last of five Marx Brothers movies released by Paramount.[1]

Compared to the Marx Brothers' previous Paramount films, Duck Soup was a box-office disappointment,[2] although it was not a "flop" as is sometimes reported.[3] The film opened to mixed reviews,[4] although this by itself did not end the group's business with Paramount. Bitter contract disputes, including a threatened walk-out by the Marxes, crippled relationships between them and Paramount just as Duck Soup went into production. After the film fulfilled their five-picture contract with the studio, the Marxes and Paramount agreed to part ways.[5][6]

However, critical opinion has evolved and the film has since achieved the status of a classic.[7] Duck Soup is now widely considered to be a Marx Brothers masterpiece.[8][4]

In 1990 the United States Library of Congress deemed Duck Soup "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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CastGroucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Margaret Dumont, Zeppo Marx
DirectorLeo McCarey
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  November 17, 1933
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Screen WriterHarry Ruby, Nat Perrin, Bert Kalmar
Runtime:  68 minutes
Studio:  Paramount Pictures
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review by . February 05, 2012
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**** out of ****    If the Marx Brothers can't make you laugh, then I don't know who - or what - can. Since the beginning of time, comedy cinema has been dominated by the purely physical comics, some of whom mixed a little bit of verbal humor into their mix; the brothers were such people. While they were in their prime, they had many fine films; although I feel that "Duck Soup" is among the most important, if not the most important, period. Inside this delightful confectionary; …
review by . May 20, 2009
I'll see my lawyer about this as soon as he graduates from law school.
Duck Soup is the best Marx Brothers film (in my opinion). Not only do you have all four of the brothers in action, but the humor is sharp, witty and relevant in this day and age. Groucho spits out the one-liners, Harpo and Chico do all of the sight gags and pratfalls whilst Zeppo plays the straight man. I wish all four of them continued to make more movies (Zeppo would soon leave the group). What I like about this film is the musical numbers are few (and when they do occur they're quite funny …
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