Thursday, November 17, 2005

Duck Soup Day

Happy Duck Soup Day, everybody. November 17th is the annual celebration of everything fun, funny and stupid. It marks the day in 1933 when the Marx Brothers started shooting their best movie, Duck Soup.
Don't feel obliged to make any duck soup yourself - there isn't any of it in the film. But it is quite tasty, so go ahead if you want to. But if you're going to, first here's Groucho Marx's explanation of the film's title:

"Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you'll duck soup the rest of your life."

Other than that, recommended activities include larking about, having a laugh, wreaking havoc, taking the proverbial, and monkeying around.
Then there's always the possibility that you sit back to enjoy one of the Marx Brothers' movies, or just whatever other ridiculous comedy takes your fancy.

Oh, and spread the word. Surprisingly, not many people know about this momentous day, and they miss the chance to celebrate it. One day I'll launch a worldwide duck soup awareness campaign. Until then, it's up to word of mouth.


James Casey said...

The tragic thing about the IMDB is it doesn't list the numerous pieces of wonderful physical comedy Harpo performs in this film. He's amazing.

Joe said...

Yes, you're right. My favourite moments always involve Harpo.
Especially since I read 'Harpo Speaks'.