Category Archives: 1933

Movies released in 1933.

Review: Duck Soup

Director: Leo McCarey
Year: 1933
Score: 7/10

Hugely influential film. This scene clearly inspired one of The Godfather's most memorable moments.

Hugely influential film. This scene clearly inspired one of The Godfather’s most memorable moments.

Considering it was made 80 years ago, this Marx Brothers comedy – regarded as their best – holds up well. I only belly-laughed occasionally, but I smiled, snorted and chuckled throughout. Some of the physical comedy is good (the mirror sequence being a special highlight, later reprised by Woody Allen in Sleeper to less success), but it’s the dialogue and wordplay that’s most amusing. In contrast, the musical interludes aren’t very funny. At 68 minutes, it’s short for a feature film, but the length feels just right. I imagine it plays very well to young audiences, presuming they can stomach its obvious age.

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