1933: Duck Soup

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Paramount Pictures

– Director: Leo McCarey

– Stacker score: 89.1

– Metascore: 93

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– IMDb user rating: 7.8

– Runtime: 69 minutes

One of the Marx Brothers’ finest hours, “Duck Soup” centers on the escalating tension between two fictional nations. At the heart of the story is Rufus T. Firefly, played by Groucho Marx, impromptu president of Freedonia. Despite its slapstick execution, the film poignantly tackles a number of political themes.