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4.  The Prisoner of Zenda was adapted several other times including:  In 1922 with Lewis Stone, 1952 with Stewart Granger, and 1979 with Peter Sellers.

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7)  Douglas Fairbanks Jr. initially wanted to play Rudolf, but when the role went to Colman, his father, Douglas Fairbanks, told him "not only is The Prisoner of Zenda one of the best romances written in a hundred years and always a success, but Rupert of Hentzau is probably one of the best villains ever written".[

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8).  The orchestra conductor who is forced to cease and resume conducting the Künstlerleben Walzer by Strauss every time the royal couple stop and start waltzing was played by Al Shean, uncle of the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo) as well as half the earlier comedy team "Gallagher and Shean."

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9.) The 1993 film Dave (starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver) borrows several major elements from The Prisoner of Zenda, most notably a lookalike impersonating an unconscious leader, the leader's wife (who had had a frosty relationship with her real husband) gradually falling in love with the impersonator, and an evil nemesis (in this case Frank Langella) scheming to usurp him from power.

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10.  MGM planned to make a musical version with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, and with music by Rogers and Hart, but it was never produced.

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Duck Soup  (1939)

1)  Groucho reportedly provided the following recipe to explain the title: "Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you'll duck soup for the rest of your life."

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2.  Their last movie at Paramount and, as Roger Ebert pointed out, "it was the last in which all of the scenes directly involved the brothers."  When they moved to MGM Thalberg insisted their movies included more traditional subplots with other actors.

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3.  Leo McCarey later said that he didn't want to direct Duck Soup:  "The most surprising thing about this film was that I succeeded in not going crazy, for I really did not want to work with them: they were completely mad."  

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4.) Despite its reputation as a box-office flop, Duck Soup was the sixth highest-grossing film of 1933.  It was seen as a financial disappointment mainly because the preceding Marx Brothers film, Horsefeathers (1932), had been Paramount studio's top-grossing film of 1932.

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7.  Features the famous broken mirror scene.  The gag was also used earlier by Max Linder (1921).  Harpo Marx  recreates the scene with Lucille Ball on  I Love Lucy.

Duck Soup (1933) Review |BasementRejects | Duck soup, Marx brothers,  Classic comedies  10 of the best "I love Lucy" episodes - CBS News

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