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Brilliant film, faultless performances, a million laughs
on 4 March 2002
I never tire of watching this film. With Groucho's ceaseless one liners so beautifully timed and delivered with Chico, Harpo and Margaret Dumont, Chico's piano playing, Harpo's exquisite playing of the harp, Alan Jones and Kitty Carlisle singing Verdi's Il Trovatore, the Marx Brothers were years ahead of their time. They were the forerunners of the Goons, Python, Blackadder, Derek and Clive and every other alternative comedy team and duo since. The jokes come as fast as an avalance running down a mountain. Anyone who has ever seen this film must marvel at the Stateroom Scene with all those people (and hard boiled eggs!!) in that tiny room or as Groucho said 'there was more room in his trunk than in the room', then the fabulous ending when all those people were in there and Margaret Dumont opens the door and they all fall out. I first saw this as a child and laughed myself silly, I still feel the same 40 years later, the jokes may be a little dated now but they still work. For me the Marx Brothers were total comic geniuses and in today's world would be revered and greatly loved as Monty Python and the Goons are. The humour might not be to everyones taste but it certainly is to mine. If you like "screwball" comedy then you will love this. I have seen all their other films but A Night At The Opera is my favourite one.