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A Night at the Opera (1935)


One of the Marx brothers’ greatest films (along with Duck Soup), A Night at the Opera has awfully little opera for a film that purports to be just that. No matter, it’s still hysterically funny — the highlight being when the boys try to pack into a cruise ship stateroom, including their enormous footlockers. And the verbal gags come so fast and furious it’s actually hard to keep up. Oh yeah, there’s a story about an opera singer, too: Kitty Carlisle is memorable as Groucho’s charge, who he futilely tries to turn into a star.