"You're willing to pay him a thousand dollars a night just for singing?
A Night at the Opera
Why, you can get a phonograph record of Minnie the Moocher for 75 cents. And for a buck and a quarter, you can get Minnie."
-Otis B. Driftwood
was the sixth Marx Brothers comedy
film and was directed by Sam Wood
. The script was written by James Kevin McGuinness
, George S. Kaufman
, Morrie Ryskind
, Al Boasberg
, and Buster Keaton
. The film is in black and white and has a runtime of 96 minutes.
Otis B. Driftwood is trying to get Mrs. Claypool into high society by getting her to donate money to the New York Opera Company
. However, the manager of the company uses the money to get Rudolpho Lassparri, the best known voice in opera. For Driftwood to get her respect back he tries to sign on Rudolpho Lassparri instead. Unfortunatly, he signs on the wrong man and gets the unappreciated tenor Ricardo Baroni. Now Driftwood, Fiorelli, and Tomasso must help Ricardo become famous and be able to marry his love!
This was the first film the Marx Brothers made after Zeppo Marx
. It was also the first film with MGM
after leaving Paramount Pictures
. This was their largest grossing film, with double the profit of Duck Soup
Groucho Marx - Otis B. Driftwood
Chico Marx - Fiorello
Harpo Marx - Tomasso
Kitty Carlisle - Rosa Castaldi
Allan Jones - Ricardo Baroni
Walter Woolf King - Rudolpho Lassparri
Sig Ruman - Herman Gottlieb
Margaret Dumont - Mrs. Claypool
Edward Keane - Captain
Robert Emmett O'Connor - Detective Henderson
Why a duck?