About

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

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Directed by

Leo McCarey

Written by

Arthur Sheekman (Dialogue)
Nat Perrin (Dialogue)
Bert Kalmar (Writer)
Harry Ruby (Writer)

Runtime

68 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

War Is Swell ...when the Marx Brothers are in it. They'll be out of the trenches by Christmas...if the food doesn't improve

Cast

Keywords

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Lists

#154 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#60 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies – 10th Anniversary Edition AFI

#135 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider