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.

eyes meet.


So that's the one you want to marry.


With Mrs. Teasdale as my wife and Freedonia under my control --

(He rubs his hands significantly)


Maybe it's not going to be so easy. From what I've heard,

Mrs. Teasdale is rather sweet on this Rufus T. Firefly.


That's where you come in. I'll leave him in your hands, and

don't forget you're supposed to be my niece.

Vera winks agreeingly.

Mrs. Teasdale enters the scene with Bob Firefly (ZEPPO).

She introduces him.

Mrs. Teasdale

I want you to meet the son of His Excellency -- Bob Firefly....

Ambassador Trentino... his niece, Vera,

After the formalities of introducing, Trentino says:


Isn't it about time for the ceremony to begin, Mrs. Teasdale?


I do hope His Excellency won't be late.



My father makes it a point to always be on time. As long as

I've known him, he's never been late for an appointment.


But it's two minutes of ten now.


(As music begins)

His Excellency is due

To take his station.

Beginning his new


He'll make his appearance when

The clock on the wall strikes ten.

Mrs. Teasdale (singing)

When the clock on the wall strikes ten

All you loyal ladies and you patriotic men

Let's sing the national anthem when...

The clock on the all strikes ten.

The clock begins to strike the hour... one....

two.... three.... four....

All (Singing)

Hail, hail, Freedonia.....

Mightiest of mighty nations!

Hail, hail, Freedonia

Land of the brave and free.

This finishes on an operatic note with everybody with

outstretched hands turned toward the main door that connects

the reception hall with the outer hall.

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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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