Director: Sam Wood
Starring: The Marx Bros, Kitty Carlisle, Allen Jones
#12 on AFI's 100 Laughs
#85 on AFI's Top 100 (2007)
After a two year hiatus from the silver screen the Marx Brothers return to create even more ciaos in A Night at the Opera. Since we last saw the Marx Bros. in Duck Soup in 1933 the group had left Paramount over contract disputes, youngest brother Zeppo left the group, and the three remaining members would sign on with the biggest and most lavish studio in Hollywood, MGM. In this picture we see how a new studio and it’s larger budget changed the Marx Bros.’ brand of comedy by corralling the silliness and channeling it through a film that actually has a reasonable plot, with a true beginning, middle, and end along with production value above anything that they had worked in before. Some would say the change limited the group’s humor, while others thought less was more for a team that had previously felt out of control. In either case this feature would make for a highly entertaining movie that would be remembered as one of the groups very best.