A Night at the Opera 1935
The first movie the Marx Brothers did for MGM under the watchful eye of Irving Thalberg, A Night at the Opera is a comedic tour de force that was not only one of the Brother's funniest films, but also one of the most successful. In 1993, the movie was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The plot to this movie, like all of the Marx brothers' best films, is really only there as a backdrop, a reason for all the zaniness to take place.

Groucho plays Otis B. Driftwood, a con man working the Opera scene in Italy. He is hired by the clueless widow, Mrs. Claypool (Margaret Dumont), to help her break into proper society. Meanwhile the egomaniacal star of the opera, Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), abuses his dresser (Harpo) and sexually harasses the company’s young ingenue, Rosa (Kitty Carlisle), who is in love with the less successful, but equally talented tenor, Riccardo (Allan Jones). Riccardo is managed by Fiorello (Chico) who hustles Otis into signing him to a contract.
As the opera company sets sail to New York the three Marx Brothers follow it in order to help the young lovers reunite, make some cash, and bring down the arrogant Lassparri.

Directors: Sam Wood, Edmund Goulding
Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Walter Woolf King, Sig Ruman, Margaret Dumont, Edward Keane, Robert Emmett O'Connor
Country: United States
Genre: Comedy, Music, Musical

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:31:11 | 32.3 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English


Audio Commentary - This full-length audio commentary features celebrated film critic Leonard Maltin, who serves up a lively track filled with insightful comments and fond memories.

Remarks on Marx (34:00) - This 2004 piece, directed by Karen Hillhouse, includes a collection of interviews with several actors, directors, and writers whose common link is their love for the Brothers' comedy.

Groucho Marx on the Hy Gardner Show (5:25) - The rare 1961 show excerpt.

Vintage Shorts - A trio of short films that were typically shown before A Night at the Opera during its original theatrical run.
-- How to Sleep (10:39)
-- Sunday Night at the Trocadero (20:18)
-- Los Angeles: Wonder City of the West (8:32)

Theatrical Trailer (2:18)