A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera
A Night at the Opera
  • UR
  • 1h 32m
  • 1935
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The legendary Marx Brothers take a hilarious, musical swipe at self-importance, pomposity and insensitivity, that crescendos with a manic on-stage performance, A Night at the Opera. Milan. Seedy promoter Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) guarantees patroness (Margaret Dumont) a position in high society if she bankrolls an opera. The plan hinges on signing egotistical tenor Rodolfo Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), but Driftwood meets his match in talent manager Fiorello (Chico Marx), who represents "the world's greatest tenor" – actually, the more-deserving, but unknown Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), who's also in love with the opera's soprano, Rosa (Kitty Carlisle). When Driftwood's deal falls through, the promoter, his patroness, tenors, soprano and many more must make a madcap Atlantic steamship crossing.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Variety Staff

The backstage finish, with Harpo doing a Tarzan on the fly ropes, contains more action than the Ma...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Andre Sennwald

The loudest and funniest screen comedy of the Winter season.

June 21, 2017
Time Out

The Brothers get to perform some of their most irresistible routines.

June 21, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

It is impossible to explain why that is so funny; their sheer irreverence, exuberance and verbal c...

June 17, 2017
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Marx Brothers masterpiece is still hilarious.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Night at the Opera is a classic 1935 Marx Brothers comedy. Comedy fans of all ages will see some of the greatest comedic moments ever put on film, including a legendary scene in which the Marx Brothers brilliantly and hilariously navigate a tiny stateroom that gets more and more crowded with people, as well as scenes of Chico and Harpo playing piano and harp to the earnest delight of the children gathered around them. Of course, there's cigar smoking -- there's also drinking and a scene in which characters smoke from a hookah. Harpo is hit repeatedly with a cane by the antagonist. Some slapstick violence occurs: falls, spills, chases. There's some tame (by today's standards) innuendo in Groucho's rapid-fire delivery: While Harpo sleeps in the legendary "stateroom scene" as he rolls over the backs of standing women, Groucho quips, "He does better asleep than I do awake." Groucho's character is also using a wealthy woman strictly for her money.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:November 15, 1935
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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