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A Night at the Opera

Original Theatrical Date: November 15, 1935

The legendary Marx Brothers take a hilarious, musical swipe at self-importance, pomposity and insensitivity, that crescendos with a manic on-stage performance in A Night at the Opera.

Seedy promoter Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) guarantees patroness (Margaret Dumont) a position in high society if she bankrolls an opera. The plan hinges on signing egotistical tenor Rodolfo Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), but Driftwood meets his match in talent manager Fiorello (Chico Marx), who represents "the world's greatest tenor" -- actually the more-deserving, but unknown Ricardo Baroni (Allan Jones), who's also in love with the opera's soprano, Rosa (Kitty Carlisle).

When Driftwood's deal falls through, the promoter, his patroness, tenors, soprano and many more must make a madcap Atlantic steamship crossing, which includes one of cinema's most memorable comedy sequences within a small stateroom. And New York's Metropolitan Opera will never be the same when the Marx Brothers stage "Il Travatore" in the Big Apple.

Genre: Comedy

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