The Rome Capitol Theatre will present a movie show focusing on three famous screen comedy teams on Saturday, November 9 at 2:30 and 7:00 pm.
The feature will be 1935’s A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, starring Groucho, Harpo, and Chico Marx. Regarded by many as the team’s best film, the movie centers around the Marx’s attempts to boost the career of an unknown tenor (Alan Jones), and to solidify his romance with a famous operatic soprano (Kitty Carlisle). Others in the cast of the San Wood-directed movie include Walter Wolf King, Margaret Dumont, and Sig Ruman. The black & white movie runs 92 minutes. Leonard Maltin’s Movie & Video Guide gives the movie their highest rating of four stars, noting, “One priceless comedy bit follows another: the stateroom scene, the Party of the First Part contract, etc. This is as good as it gets.” Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian wrote of A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, “It is impossible to explain why that is so funny; their sheer irreverence, exuberance and verbal comic genius are marvelous.” Common Sense Media recently stated simply, this “Marx Brothers comedy is still hilarious.”
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA will be preceded by two short subjects. First will be HELPMATES from 1932 starring Laurel & Hardy. Informed by his out-of-town wife that she’s coming home sooner than expected, Oliver Hardy recruits his friend Stan Laurel to help in hastily cleaning up his house after a wild party. At-a-Glance Film Reviews assesses the 20-minute comedy as, “One of Laurel and Hardy’s most calculating shorts, a fine exercise in comic progression, Helpmates takes a simple idea and carries it to absurd extremes.”
The second short subject will be DIZZY DETECTIVES. Considered one of the best of the 190 short comedies the Three Stooges made for Columbia Pictures, this 1943 opus finds Larry, Curly, and Moe recruited as policemen, who attempt to ferret out the perpetrator of a series of burglaries.
All three of the black & white movies on the bill will be seen via new digital restorations, and the total running time will be approx. 2½ hours, including an intermission. The films are not rated, but are considered to be suitable for all ages, although parents and guardians are warned that these movies are likely to contain some comically violent situations.
Admission for the show is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors/students/military, $5 for Capitol Friends, and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets and the Capitol Theatre box office at (315) 337-6453.