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A Night at the Opera
G, 96 minutes
Groucho Marx; Harpo Marx; Chico Marx; Zeppo Marx
The Marxist assault on grand opera makes a shambles of that comparatively sacred institution. Groucho, you see, is a phony musical impresario who has attached himself to a dignified lady in the hope of separating her from a portion of her $8,000,000. Chico is managing an ambitious Italian tenor against the tenor's will and better judgment. Harpo, the mischievous pixie, is up to his old habit of getting in everybody's way. Their adventures as impostors, stowaways and hunted madmen progress to a delirious climax at a performance of "Il Trovatore" in what is evidently intended to be the Metropolitan. Here the comedy bursts its shackles and spatters into magnificent fragments as the brothers, with the police and the opera management hard on their heels, pop in and out of the performance and transform Verdi into low buffoonery.