1 Year, 100 Movies: #85 A Night at the Opera (1935)


For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

A Night at the Opera- a funny film featuring the Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico and Harpo. Groucho plays Otis B. Driftwood, who represents the wealthy Mrs. Claypool. He meets Fiorello (Chico) and Tomasso (Hapro) and the stage is set for the upcoming hijinks.

They travel by ship to America, and the brothers as well as the up and coming opera tenor Riccardo Baroni are stowaways in Otis’ stateroom that’s the about the size of a large janitor’s closet. They arrive in New York and try to hide their identities while advancing Baroni’s opera career.  No words can explain this movie as well as this scene in the stateroom can:

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:



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