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Capturing a Golden Moment #10: A Night at the Opera

In this series I'd like to present some exceptional scenes inspired by cinema's most gifted artists of yesteryear.

 

A Night at the Opera (1935)

Director: Sam Wood

Scene: "The Stateroom"

Many writers contributed to this epic farce, including its two principals: George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. Even an uncredited Buster Keaton worked on developing this famous scene. It was nearly scrapped, however, because it wasn't getting any laughs. Once the Marx Brothers ignored the script and started ad libbing the whole thing, it transformed into one of the all-time comedy classics.

A Night at the Opera is available on DVD here:

A Night at the Opera
$9.95
Starring Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Margaret Dumont

It is also available in a box set along with 6 other Marx Brothers comedies here: