Great Scenes – A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
We’re back after a long hiatus with this fantastic scene from the Marx Bros‘ A Night at the Opera (dir. by Sam Wood, 1935), the trio’s (Groucho, Harpo and Chico) first film after leaving Paramount (and ditching Zeppo), made under the watchful eye of legendary MGM producer Irving Thalberg, who helped make it their biggest grossing film. The story of Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho) urging socialite Mrs. Claypool (perennial punchline Margaret Dumont) to donate $200,000 to the New York Opera Company, this scene – in which the stowaways pretend to be three famous aviators – is one of a handful of great scenes in this classic comedy. Enjoy!