Christmas at the New Beverly

Monkey Business

Duck Soup

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Monkey Business

In one of their all-time great, gut-bustingly guffaw-filled films, their first based on an original screenplay instead of an adaptation of one of their Broadway shows, the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Harpo, Chico & Zeppo – set sail for hilarity as stowaways on an ocean liner. But their transatlantic antics get them mixed up with gangsters in a madcap display of comedic calamity.

Director
Norman Z. McLeod
Starring
The Marx Brothers
Year
1931
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
77 minutes

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

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

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Sat, December 25
2:00 pm
Monkey Business
3:45 pm
Duck Soup

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