Duck Soup script
Duck Soup (1933)
Synopsis: Duck Soup is a 1933 Marx Brothers comedy film written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with additional dialogue by Arthur Sheekman and Nat Perrin, and directed by Leo McCarey. First released theatrically by Paramount Pictures on November 17, 1933, it starred what were then billed as the "Four Marx Brothers" (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo) and also featured Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres and Edgar Kennedy. It was the last Marx Brothers film to feature Zeppo, and the last of five Marx Brothers movies released by Paramount Pictures.

Groucho doesn't appear and once more they all sing.

All (Singing)

Hail, hail, Freedonia....

Land of the brave and free.

Again Groucho fails to appear and they all sing once

more.

All (Singing)

Hail, hail, Freedonia....

Land of the brave and free.

Mrs. Teasdale exchanges an apprehensive glance with

Bob. Vera and Trentino smile.

Mrs. Teasdale

(Nervously)

I hope nothing has happened.

Bob

Mrs. Teasdale, I assure you there is nothing to worry about.

Father is probably taking extra care in getting into his

robes of state. I'll call him.

Bob goes over to a corner of the room and pulls a

tapestried bell cord. This rings a fire bell in Groucho's

room -- and Groucho is disclosed asleep in his canopied bed

under a mosquito netting. He has an unlighted cigar in his

mouth. The continued jangling of the fire bell awakens him

from his slumber and he rises quickly. The cigar begins to

emit smoke when he starts puffing. He hurries over to one

corner of the room where his clothes are arranged in fireman

fashion, gets into them, and then sides down a fireman's

pole into the reception hall.

The guests are singing the last two lines of the

national anthem when he arrives.

All (Singing)

Hail, hail, Freedonia.....

Land of the brave and free.

Groucho starts across the hall in the direction of

Mrs. Teasdale. He passes several notables, one of whom is

wearing an impressive looking medal. Groucho deprives him of

it without stopping his forward movement, and pins it on him-

self. He pauses only when he is facing the principal group.

Mrs. Teasdale

(Beaming as she addresses Groucho)

As chairwoman of the reception committee, I welcome you and

extend the good wishes of every man, woman and child of

Freedonia. I deem it an honor on this momentous occasion....

Groucho

(Interrupting)

Never mind that stuff.....

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Arthur Sheekman

Arthur Sheekman (February 5, 1901 – January 12, 1978) was an American theater and movie critic, columnist, playwright and editor—but best known for his writing for the screen. His specialty was light comedy. Groucho Marx called him "The Fastest Wit in the West." more…

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