A Night in Casablanca

Overview

One of the lesser films in the Marx Brothers canon, A Night in Casablanca arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in the original Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a pair of vintage short films including a Bugs Bunny cartoon Acrobatty Bunny. This DVD was released the same day as the more popular Marx Brothers efforts A Day at the Races and A Night ...
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Overview

One of the lesser films in the Marx Brothers canon, A Night in Casablanca arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in the original Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a pair of vintage short films including a Bugs Bunny cartoon Acrobatty Bunny. This DVD was released the same day as the more popular Marx Brothers efforts A Day at the Races and A Night at the Opera. While those discs have more substantive extras, this disc will still please fans of the comedy group.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes short "Acrobatty Bunny"; Vintage Joe McDoakes short "So You Think You're a Nervous Wreck"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While the Marx Brothers' 1946 "comeback" film, A Night in Casablanca, is definitely not among their best, it's still worth seeking out. This is especially true for rabid "Marx-ists," who can either uncritically revel in the boys doing their thing once again or critically parse the differences and similarities between Casablanca and such first rate fare as Duck Soup. But even those who enjoy the Brotehrs but wouldn't consider themselves aficionados should find enough in Casablanca to keep them entertained. True, it does get to be heavy going in a few places. There's too much plot in Casablanca, for one thing, which keeps insisting that it make progress, even if periodically means keeping Grouch, Chico and Harpo from having the fun that these three were born to have. The romantic subplot is the usual annoying hooey, and there's no Margaret Dumont, which is a crime. But Groucho can still sling one-liners that thrill with their deadly precision, and Harpo (working with an uncredited Frank Tashlin comes up with some inspired visual gags. The room-to-room seduction scene with Groucho is a winner, and Chico's verbal inanities are as sterling as ever. While it's a shame Casablanca isn't as amazingly loony as the best of the Brothers's films, it helps to fill the time while one is waiting for A Night at the Opera to be rerun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • UPC: 085393784324
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 55,603

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Groucho Marx Ronald Kornblow
Harpo Marx Rusty
Chico Marx Corbaccio
Lisette Verea Beatrice Rheiner
Charles Drake Lt. Pierre Delmar
Lois Collier Annette
Dan Seymour Capt. Brizzard
Lewis L. Russell Gov. Galoux
Frederick Giermann Kurt
Sig Rumann Count Pfefferman alias Heinrich Stubel
Marx Brothers
Harro Meller Emil
David Hoffman Spy
Paul Harvey Mr. Smythe
Ruth Roman Bit Part
Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Duncan Cramer Production Designer
Joseph Fields Screenwriter
Werner Janssen Score Composer
Bert Kalmar Songwriter
Roland Kibbee Screenwriter
David L. Loew Producer
Otis Malcolm Makeup
Gregg C. Pallas Editor
Harry Ruby Songwriter
Ted Snyder Songwriter
Jack Sullivan Asst. Director
Gregg G. Tallas Editor
Frank Tashlin Screenwriter
James Van Trees Cinematographer
Frank Webster Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Murderous Credits. [2:35]
2. Rusty and Other Suspects. [3:45]
3. Hair Loss. [4:03]
4. New Manager. [4:39]
5. Duel Among Fools. [5:12]
6. Femme Fatale. [3:31]
7. Room for One More. [3:51]
8. Floor Show. [2:52]
9. Corbaccio at the Keys. [3:10]
10. Bump-Off Plot. [4:58]
11. New Bodyguard. [1:55]
12. Lunch and Lobby Lunacy. [4:26]
13. Hidden Loot. [3:07]
14. Harp Interlude. [4:03]
15. Missed Connections. [6:01]
16. High Roller. [3:19]
17. Jailbreak. [1:59]
18. Getting Unpacked. [10:28]
19. Surprise Passengers. [3:51]
20. Flying the Plane... Not. [3:53]
21. Crashing Into Jail. [2:06]
22. Cast List. [:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Acrobatty Bunny
      So You Think You're a Nervous Wreck
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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