MARX BROS: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Director Sam Wood
Year 1935
Starring The Marx Brothers
Run Time 96min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

This is part of our months-long Saturday afternoon COMPLETE MARX BROTHERS RETROSPECTIVE!

There are several hundred reasons why Groucho Marx often cited A NIGHT AT THE OPERA as his favorite Marx Brothers movie. With this indictment of American high society and grande opera, the Marx Brothers unleashed their biggest smash-hit.

Thanks to a partnership with MGM whiz-kid Irving Thalberg, this movie marked a transition from the Brothers's restless anarchy to a more calculated and refined format. The boys were no longer portrayed as devious miscreants, but as sympathetic heroes. Heroes with a penchant for piling on non-sequitur on top of non-sequitur, turning corners you didn't know existed until you feel the slap on your brain.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA not only marks a commercial and artistic peak in the Marx filmography -- it also features "Stateroom Scene." Co-written with Buster Keaton, then employed as a gag-writer at MGM, this sequence is arguably the funniest five minutes in Marx brothers history. It's also arguably the funniest five minutes in movie history.

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