Duck Soup (1933) Poster



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Edited into 

World War Brown (2014) (TV Movie)
Groucho's "We're Going to War" is lip synced by FDR.


Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)
the famous "mirror routine"

Referenced in 

There's Always a Woman (1938)
Repeats gag of someone mistaking a radio for a safe; even the same song is used: "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Porky's Hare Hunt (1938) (Short)
For the first time, Bugs Bunny quotes Groucho Marx's character by saying "Of course, you know, this means war!".
Duck Soup to Nuts (1944) (Short)
Title reference
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
The mirror routine was famously used by the Marx Bros. in Duck Soup
Bowery Bugs (1949) (Short)
When Bugs askes Brody when he was born he says "I don't remenber I was pretty young back then" is the same answer and question from this movie.
Long-Haired Hare (1949) (Short)
Bugs' catchphrase "Of course you realize, this means war!" is taken from Duck Soup.
Bully for Bugs (1953) (Short)
Bugs' catchphrase "Of course you realize, this means war!" is taken from Duck Soup.
You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.20 (1954) (TV Episode)
Groucho reminisces over five Marx Brothers films, which he said were produced by Jesse L. Lasky.
I Love Lucy: Lucy and Harpo Marx (1955) (TV Episode)
Lucy and Harpo restage the "mirror scene" from Duck Soup.
You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.2 (1955) (TV Episode)
One of three Groucho Marx movies mentioned by contestant Ed Gaffney.
Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Marx Brothers (1962) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as part of The Marx Brothers' filmography.
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
The motorcycle joke where Eric Von Zipper get's left behind was from this movie.
My Mother the Car: Goldporter (1966) (TV Episode)
The mirror routine is recreated.
Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: Never Ape an Ape Man (1969) (TV Episode)
phony-mirror gag
Bananas (1971)
Frequently acknowledged as a tribute to the older movie where a comedian takes over a small country in a bloodless slapstick coup d'etat.
The Tony Hancock Special (1972) (TV Movie)
Referenced by Hancock.
M*A*S*H: The Longjohn Flap (1973) (TV Episode)
Hawkeye implies that Henry's posture reminds him of Groucho Marx when he says that he loved Henry in Duck Soup.
The Way We Were (1973)
on a marquee
The Dick Cavett Show: Episode dated 7 March 1974 (1974) (TV Episode)
Cavett says that Lucy's mirror routine with Harpo was inspired by "Duck Soup" although Lucy appears not to know or recall.
The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat (1974)
During one of the animation sequences, the poster for the 1933 Marx Brothers film "Duck Soup" flies past the screen.
All in the Family: Where's Archie? (1974) (TV Episode)
One of the two films that Mike (dressed as Groucho) and Gloria (dressed as Harpo) were going out to see
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Playing glockenspiel on soldiers/knights helmets
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Identical gag where a radio is mistaken for a safe by a burglar
Jabberwocky (1977)
King Bruno the Questionable's herald refers to his king as "conqueror of Freedonia," a reference to the mythical country Groucho Marx ruled as Rufus T. Firefly in the film "Duck Soup."
The Benny Hill Show: Friday Night Fever (1978) (TV Episode)
During Benny's song "Go 'Round Again" (impersonating Bob Dylan), he sang at one point: "I tell you true, I could dance with you till the cows come home but then, I could dance with the cows".
Archie Bunker's Place: Thanksgiving Reunion: Part 1 (1979) (TV Episode)
Mike: (as Groucho) "This is a gala day. And a gal a day's enough for any man."
The Benny Hill Show: Women's Lib Television (1980) (TV Episode)
During the "Charlene's Angels" sketch, a variation of the "mirror routine" was performed by Benny and Pat Ashton.
The Don Lane Show: Episode dated 24 April 1980 (1980) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the "Don's Wheel" segment
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Victoria Principal/Charles Grodin/Jerry Seinfeld (1982) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in the monologue as Johnny comments on the Falklands crisis
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
using stormtrooper helmets as glockenspiel
Otto - Der Film (1985)
Mirror Scene
An American Tail (1986)
Warren T. Rat says "Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?", a direct quote from this movie
Madrid (1987)
A poster of this film can be seen
Shades of Love: Echoes in Crimson (1987) (TV Movie)
Grant mentions this film and impersonates Groucho Marx.
Have Faith: Letters from Home (1989) (TV Episode)
Alex suggests that Gabe watches the film, which he later does.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Hollywood Plucky (1990) (TV Episode)
Plucky imitates Groucho Marx and asks someone if they'd like "duck soup."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
"Oh Professor Firefly"
Tiny Toon Adventures: Inside Plucky Duck (1990) (TV Episode)
Plucky's belt
Ski School (1990)
Dave recites Groucho's "I could dance with you till the cows come home" line.
Perfect Strangers: Duck Soup (1991) (TV Episode)
title reference
Press Gang: Holding On (1991) (TV Episode)
There is a poster for the film outside Maringo's dressing room.
Saved by the Bell: Masquerade Ball (1992) (TV Episode)
Samuel "Screech" Powers (Dustin Diamond) impersonated comic legend Groucho Marx (1890-1977). Screech says "Maybe I'll just join a club and hit myself over the head with it." In Duck Soup (1933), Rufus T. Firefly (Marx), quipped, "I got a good mind to join a club and beat you over the head with it."
The Dark Half (1993)
mirror routine with a double
Animaniacs: Critical Condition/The Three Muska-Warners (1993) (TV Episode)
In the segment "The Three Muska-Warners", the Warners' entrance into the room is similar to Rufus T. Firefly's entrance on his first day.
Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) (TV Episode)
Seen on video store shelf in 'Video Review'
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
Shot of Tack and the Thief running down stairs is exactly the same as a shot of Harpo running down stairs in Duck Soup - frame-by-frame exact in movement, down to Tack sliding on the floor and jumping just like Harpo in that film.
Homicide: Life on the Street: Fits Like a Glove (1994) (TV Episode)
Kay confuses the college SUNY Fredonia with Freedonia from Duck Soup
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Racket Girls (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Ooh, Professor Firefly!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Night of the Blood Beast (1996) (TV Episode)
In the non-Turkey Day version, the "Once Upon a Honeymoon" sketch includes the lyrics "...I'll line you up against the wall and POP goes the weasel!"
Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
Partygoer dressed in Groucho's nightclothes
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The She-Creature (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Oh! Professor Firefly!"
Wyrd Sisters (1997) (TV Mini-Series)
A character imagines Groucho, who quotes the film accompanied by Chico and Harpo.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
"And never darken my towels again."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) (TV Episode)
"Back into Harpo's chest."
Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1997)
Dick tells Pixie The Marx Brother's "Duck Soup" is on TV.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Werewolf (1998) (TV Episode)
When a werewolf pounces on a girl, Mike says, "Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you, I love you."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you, I love you!"
She's All That (1999)
Mentioned in a "Jeopardy!" clue as Zeppo Marx's final film with the Marx brothers.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Blood Waters of Dr. Z (1999) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you? I love you!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: It Lives by Night (1999) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Oh, Professor Firefly!"
The Big Kahuna (1999)
Mention by Larry
Family Guy: Da Boom (1999) (TV Episode)
"I bet he's just using that as an excuse."
Will & Grace: Oh Dad, Poor Dad, He's Kept Me in the Closet and I'm So Sad (2000) (TV Episode)
Will and Grace reference the Marx Brothers and Freedonia.
Wind at My Back: The Shadow Boxer (2000) (TV Episode)
Grace, Del and Jim each go see the movie which is playing at the local cinema.
Freaks and Geeks: Noshing and Moshing (2000) (TV Episode)
There is a poster for the film in Neal's bedroom.
Thief II: The Metal Age (2000) (Video Game)
Even Stevens: Duck Soup (2001) (TV Episode)
Episode is named after this film
EV Nova (2002) (Video Game)
The West Wing: Enemies Foreign and Domestic (2002) (TV Episode)
C.J. asks if Freedonia will be joining NATO.
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)
Sanity Clause is referenced
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Character names in this movie are derived directly from the "other title" movie.
Jonathan Creek: The Tailor's Dummy (2003) (TV Episode)
The mirror trick is used in Jonathan Creek to conceal a secret about a killer
Joan of Arcadia: Death Be Not Whatever (2003) (TV Episode)
Will suggests watching the film but Joan does not want to watch anything black and white.
People Who Die Mysteriously in Their Sleep (2004) (Video)
One of the phony credits is for Rufus T. Firefly.
The Rise & Fall of ECW (2004) (Video)
Fans wearing the "EC F'N W"/"Of Course You Know...This Means War" shirt
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Brick (2005)
At the conclusion, as Brendan is recounting to Laura his knowledge of her involvement in Emily's death and the complexities which followed, he tells her "It's duck soup."
The West Wing: Freedonia (2005) (TV Episode)
A character references "Freedonia" as an example of how ridiculous politics has become.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Rufus Firefly is the name of Groucho Marx's character in Duck Soup
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
ECW Blood Sport: The Most Violent Matches (2006) (Video)
Fans wearing the "EC F'N W"/"Of Course You Know...This Means War!" T-shirt.
Gilmore Girls: Merry Fisticuffs (2006) (TV Episode)
Logan tells Lucy that Rory and Marty used to hang out and watch the movie together all the time.
Sam and Max: Abe Lincoln Must Die! (2007) (Video Game)
Specs - "Of course you may know, this means war!"
Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (2007) (TV Episode)
The Doctor says that Martha comes from Freedonia, referencing the fictional country of which Groucho becomes the dictator.
1408 (2007)
the mirror scene
Rifftrax Shorts: If Mirrors Could Speak (2008) (TV Episode)
"Come closer." "What for?" Bill: "I wanna do that Groucho bit with you!"
An American Carol (2008)
Visual gag from musical number referenced (in Duck Soup, line of soldiers pass by, and Harpo cuts off plumes on hats with a big pair of scissors -- in Carol, Patton cuts off tassels of graduates in same manner)
Phineas and Ferb: Out of Toon/Hail Doofania! (2008) (TV Episode)
Dr. Doofenshmirtz's "Hail Doofania" song resembles the "Freedonia" theme from "Duck Soup."
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in an $8,000 question
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle (2009) (TV Episode)
Bugs - "Of course you know, this means war, bitches!"
Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) (Video Game)
"He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you, he really is an idiot," said by Joker about Batman, was originally a line from Duck Soup by Firefly (Groucho) about Chicolini (Chico).
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.67 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $7,500 question
Tomorrow, Yesterday, and Today (2010) (Video)
mentioned by Peter Bogdanovich
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.125 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,200 clue in the category "A Movie Before, Then Dinner After"
RiffTrax: Shorts-Tacular Shorts-Stravaganza! (2010) (Video)
"Come closer." "What for?" Bill: "I wanna do that Groucho bit with you!"
Adventure Time: Marceline's Closet (2011) (TV Episode)
Finn and Jake reprise Groucho and Harpo's famous mirror gag from this film.
Jessie: Star Wars (2012) (TV Episode)
Jordan's code name when he arrives at the Ross' apartment building is "Rufus T. Firefly."
Safety Dance (2014) (Video)
Groucho Marx gag classes are used
Big Eyes (2014)
A dowager at a reception is addressed as "Mrs. Teasdale." (Co-writer Larry Karaskewski has confirmed that this was an intentional reference.)
Better Call Saul: Hero (2015) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
Hot in Cleveland: Duct Soup (2015) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Man in the High Castle: Sunrise (2015) (TV Episode)
Poster on wall of abandoned movie theater
Countdown: Episode #73.38 (2015) (TV Episode)
Susie quotes from the film.
The Cinema Snob: The New York Ripper (2015) (TV Episode)
"They're gonna curl up by the fire and watch Duck Soup."
500 Questions: Episode #2.2 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct answer in "Big Screen Comedies" category
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: At the Earth's Core (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "'Duck Soup,' right?"
Rifftrax: Batman v. Superman (2017)
Trace: "(Singing) When the clock on the wall strikes ten..."
Runaways: Hostile (2018) (TV Episode)
Alex hands Gert a pamflet of old movie double features with this title on it.
The Oscars (2019) (TV Special)
Paul Rudd mentions it and says a line from it.
You're the Worst: Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Sunday Funday (2019) (TV Episode)
Paul F. Tompkins suggests the movie was The Marx Brothers in "Cuck Soup"
3 from Hell (2019)
The alias "Rufus T. Firefly" is the name of Grouch Marx's character in this Marx Brothers comedy.

Featured in 

The Movie Orgy (1968)
Several clips of the farmhouse battle
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
"Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first."
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
The scene where Woody Allen's character regains his "joi de vivre" watching a comedy.
The Runnin' Kind (1989)
Joey watches it on TV.
The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993) (TV Movie)
Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle (1993)
footage of this movie is shown.
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Two Bits (1995)
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clip shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
Duck Soup is #85.
Patch Adams (1998)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
Duck Soup is #5.
Just Shoot Me!: A Night at the Plaza (2000) (TV Episode)
Jack watches it on TV; dialogue heard.
Inside the Marx Brothers (2003) (Video)
Clips shown
Gilmore Girls: Jews and Chinese Food (2005) (TV Episode)
Rory and Marty watch the film.
TCM Guest Programmer: Buck Henry (2005) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the guest host
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Is in poll, clips shown
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)
excerpt in movie
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
Duck Soup is #60.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
TCM Guest Programmer: Ben McKenzie (2011) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.7 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jeff Greenfield shows a clip to illustrate the film's use of language
TCM Guest Programmer: Conan O'Brien (2011) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Hello I Must Be Going (2012)
Excerpt watched on TV
Svengoolie: Duck Soup (2012) (TV Episode)
Madness: My Girl 2 (2012) (Video)
Clip shown
Nostalgia Critic: Master of Disguise (2013) (TV Episode)
"Groucho in the Mirror"
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedy Movies: 1930s (2014) (TV Episode)
Duck Soup is #6.
Film 2017: Episode #44.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Claudia Winkleman introduces a clip from this movie
The Marx Brothers: Hollywood's Kings of Chaos (2016)
Documentary references the making of this film
The Image Book (2018)
clip shown
Pierre Richard: Le discret (2018) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Family Classics: Family Classics: Duck Soup (2018) (TV Episode)
'Duck Soup' is the featured movie in this 'Family Classics' episode.


Three Little Pigs (1933) (Short)

Spoofed in 

The Curious Puppy (1939) (Short)
Sleeper (1973)
Big Business (1988)
The mirror face-off scene.
TaleSpin: A Bad Reflection on You: Part 2 (1990) (TV Episode)
Mad Dog and Kit do the 'mirror scene'.
Brain Donors (1992)
Animaniacs: King Yakko (1993) (TV Episode)
Yakko's reign as king is based largely on Rufus T. Firefly in this movie.
Roseanne: Shower the People You Love with Stuff (1995) (TV Episode)
In the end credits, where the two Beckys do the "mirror scene" spoofing Groucho and Harpo doing the same thing while dressed alike.
Beast Wars: Transformers: Double Dinobot (1996) (TV Episode)
Mirror scene parodied when Dinobot meets his clone.
Red Dwarf: Duct Soup (1997) (TV Episode)
Episode title is a play on the title of this.
The X-Files: Dreamland (1998) (TV Episode)
mirror routine with Michael McKean & David Duchovny
Garfield 2 (2006)
Garfield and Prince parody the mirror scene from this Marx Brothers comedy.
Family Guy: Road to Germany (2008) (TV Episode)
Stewie and Hitler reenact the famous "mirror" scene.
The Simpsons: Donnie Fatso (2010) (TV Episode)
Moe and a flying monkey from a stage production of 'The Wizard of Oz (1939)' -- which looks so much like Moe, he calls it a "chim-pan-me" spoof the famous mirror scene.
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Kermit does the mirror routine with Constantine.
The Loud House: Cover Girls/Save the Date (2016) (TV Episode)
Leni and Luan, who is dressed up as Leni, pay tribute to The Mirror Gag from that movie.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The Times They Are a Changeling (2016) (TV Episode)
The mirror gag is parodied with Spike and a changeling.

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