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  • Classic Film: A Night at the Opera (1935, 92 min)
    4/1/2014, 7:00 pm, Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue
    Contact Person : Fran Housten, Cranford Public Library
    Phone #: 908-709-7272
    Email: cranfordlibrary@gmail.com
    Web Site: http://www.cranford.com/library
    In the opening scene we are introduced to Groucho Marx as penny-ante promoter Otis B. Driftwood. After a sumptuous dinner with a beautiful blonde at a fancy restaurant, he tries to cadge another free meal from his wealthy patroness. The dignified dowager complains that Driftwood had promised to get her into high society, but has done nothing so far. He counters by introducing her to pompous opera entrepreneur Gottleib; all Mrs. Claypool has to do is invest several hundred thousand dollars in Gottleib's opera company, and her entree into society is in the bag. As was often the case in their movies, the brothers' comedy takes aim at the pompous and pious hypocrisy of the upper crust, and this movie features many of their most famous routines, including the stateroom scene, the contract scene, the bed-switching sequence, and the operatic finale. The film's openly subversive and derisive tone was a perfect match for a Depression-era crowd looking for some wealthy authority figures to laugh at. —All Movie
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