Double Feature

Duck Soup

Horse Feathers

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Duck Soup

This Christmas come enjoy a bowl of Duck Soup, hilariously served by the genius of The Marx Brothers – Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo. Grouch plays Rufus T. Firefly, who at the behest of the wealthy widow Mrs. Gloria Tisdale (Margaret Dumont), becomes the leader of Freedonia, a country that is about to be taken over by neighboring Sylvania and its scheming Ambassador. There are plenty of quotable one liners and delightfully choreographed physical gags when spies Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) are sent over to spy on Firefly – “You know this means war!” Groucho relishes in the absurdity of it all, and you’ll recognize The Marx Brothers’ vaudevillian influences in countless comedies such as Bananas, Blazing Saddles, Airplane! and Monty Python’s Flying Circus, to name a few. Duck Soup features the famous “mirrorscene” and the dizzying exchange of hats between Chico and Harpo with Edgar Kennedy victimized as a Lemonade Stand vendor, but the key ingredient in Soup, is its political satire,putting it in the rarefied air of The Great Dictator and Dr. Strangelove.

“The Marx Brothers in their greatest movie.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“The Four Marx Brothers – Groucho the Gabber, Harpo the Honker, Chico the Chiseler and Zeppo the Zero – were the wildest, most anarchically funny movie comedians of their era. (Of any era.) And this is the high water mark of their unique cinematic insanity: a ferocious satire on government, war and diplomacy that leaves no propriety or pretension unpricked, no sacred cow unslaughtered.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Director
Leo McCarey
Starring
The Marx Brothers
Year
1933
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
68 minutes

Horse Feathers

In the madcap comedy classic Horse Feathers, the Marx Brothers get a hilarious lesson in higher education. When the new president of Huxley College (Groucho) schemes to bring in professional football players to help win the big game, the ringers turn out to be bumbling bootleggers (Chico & Harpo) and uproarious havoc breaks out across campus.

“The madcap Marxes in one of their maddest screen frolics.” – Variety

“The Brothers have never been so chaotic or so aggressively funny.” – Time Out

Director
Norman Z. McLeod
Starring
The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, David Landau
Year
1932
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
68 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Wed, December 25
2:00 pm
Duck Soup
3:45 pm
Horse Feathers

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