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THE MARX BROTHERS!

 

Spanning stage, radio and both big screen and small, the Marx Brothers are among the funniest and most popular comedy teams to ever appear in front of an audience.

Join us at the ESQUIRE Theatre for a series of Marx Brothers films introduced and followed by a Q&A discussion with Film Professor Joe Horine.

Greasepaint mustachioed Groucho, language-butchering Chico, skirt-chasing Harpo and straight-man Zeppo ran off a series of hilarious classics in the 1930s featuring pure anarchy in spoofing institutions ranging from the government, to opera to the medical profession in three of the best comedies of the decade:

 

DUCK SOUP (1933)

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935)

A DAY AT THE RACES (1937)


DUCK SOUP
(1933, NR)

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The Marx Brothers deliver a masterwork of comedy in the 1933 DUCK SOUP!

War Is Swell ...when the Marx Brothers are in it. They'll be out of the trenches by Christmas...if the food doesn't improve!

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 92%, the Critics Consensus: "Fueled by inspired silliness and blessed with some of the Marx brothers' most brilliant work, Duck Soup is one of its -- or any -- era's finest comedies."

The Marx Brothers' last feature including Zeppo, this send up of both international politics in the 30s as well as Broadway and film musicals features the often repeated "mirror scene routine" that is one of the brothers many vaudeville bits that made it to film. Margaret Dumont is Groucho's foil here (as in all three films) as the financial benefactor of fictional Freedonia in its war with Silvania.

 


A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
(1935, NR)

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The Marx Brothers are back again in the irresistible 1935 classic A NIGHT AT THE OPERA!

Don't miss it! The funniest picture ever made!

"Guaranteed to have you giggling from one end of the musical scale to the other." - BBC.com

Ranked by AFI in the "Top 100" films of all time, this film is remembered for the overcrowded ship stateroom scene, the "party of the first part" contract negotiation gag, and the chaotic finale that brings the stuffiness of opera crashing to the concert hall floor. Sig Ruman co-stars as the nemesis to Groucho's Otis P. Driftwood character.

 


A DAY AT THE RACES
(1937, NR)

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Come see the Marx Brothers spectacular successor to A Night at the Opera in the 1937 A DAY AT THE RACES!

America's Joy-Friends are back again in the grandest entertainment gallop of 1937!

With a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, "A DAY AT THE RACES” brings us the Marx Brothers at their best; which means that their latest film is a good deal like their other films and wildly unlike anything else on earth." - Maclean's Magazine

A semi-sequel to A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, this knee-slapper takes place at a sanitarium and race track with vet Groucho as Hugo Z. Hackenbush masquerading as a physician for humans in-between placing bets on horses. Dumont is on hand once again as the financial target of Groucho's amorous tomfoolery.

 

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