We’ve got a double feature for you starring the first family of madcap comedy – The Marx Brothers! First up – Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo go back to school in 1932’s Horse Feathers. Then, a 90th anniversary screening of the quartet’s rise to power in 1933’s iconic Duck Soup! Two classic comedies for the price of one!
There will be a ten minute intermission between the two films.
Horse Feathers sets the scene at Huxley College, going through a morale crisis since they haven’t won a football game against their rivals in decades. New Huxley president Quincy Wagstaff (Groucho) is convinced by his son Frank (Zeppo) to hire professional football players for their team to finally give Huxley a chance at winning. Wagstaff goes to a local speakeasy to recruit the players, but through a misunderstanding instead hires two inept bootleggers, Baravelli (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo).
Duck Soup takes place in the small nation of Freedonia, where Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) has been appointed leader to appease the wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) into financially supporting the government. The neighboring country of Sylvania sees this as an opportunity to foment revolution in Freedonia and sends spies Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) to dig up dirt on Firefly. The scheme fails and leads to all-out war between the two nations, with the four Marx Brothers on the front line.
Total run time approx. 2 hours 30 minutes.