This week’s podcast covers the Four Marx Brothers’ wackiest film: Duck Soup (1933). In Duck Soup, a wealthy woman refuses to give a country the financial aid it needs unless she gets to pick its next president. So, you know, exactly like politics today. The wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) be appointed leader of Freedonia. Firefly is appointed and promptly leads the country into war.
If Gone with the Wind — which we featured in episode one — is the king of classic films, then Casablanca may be the runner up. The 1942 romantic drama is set in the Moroccan city of Casablanca during World War II. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. It’s littered with lines that have seeped into pop culture, like this one and this one. In this episode, we all praise the movie as a flawless masterpiece and then discuss how to remake it into a B-movie filled with unnecessary violence, unnecessary nudity and unnecessary Snoop Dogg. The whole exercise is unnecessary, come to think of it.
The debut episode of Out of Theaters covers a movie that’s synonymous with classic films. Gone with the Wind is not only the highest-grossing, most enduring movie of all time — it’s perhaps the biggest pop culture anything of all time. Starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind (1939) depicts Civil War South as an orange-skied utopia that’s ruined by Yankee invaders and carpetbaggers. It’s a cinematic masterpiece that we can still watch 76 years later and say, “wow, that’s incredibly racist.”