‘Hail Freedonia’ from the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup: Our 500th Posting!

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In 1933 when Hitler was coming to power, the Marx Brothers were making Duck Soup including this memorable anthem, parodying our tendency to rush to war, and not be quite sure why:

And here is the photo still of the Marx Brothers singing the lines:

They got guns,
We got guns,
All God’s chillun got guns!
I’m gonna walk all over the battlefield,
‘Cause all God’s chillun got guns!

to the tune of what was then called a ‘Negro Spiritual’

Critical commentary on the movie includes from Wikipedia:

When asked the significance of the film’s politics, Groucho only shrugged and said: “What significance? We were just four Jews trying to get a laugh.”[5][24] Nevertheless, the Brothers were ecstatic when Benito Mussolinitook the film as a personal insult and banned it in Italy.

Despite the tepid critical response at the time, Duck Soup is now seen as…

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