"We got guns! Dey got guns! All God's chillun got guns!" Three decades before Dr. Strangelove
pitted us against the Soviets at Doomsday's doorstep, the Marx Brothers picked on someone their own size in Duck Soup
, leading tiny bankrupt Freedonia to war against neighboring Sylvania — because of a woman. Wealthy Mrs. Gloria Teasdale is no Helen of Troy, but that doesn't preclude Rufus T. Firefly from fighting for her honor, "which is probably more than she ever did." The Kansas City Public Library presents "Box Office Gold: Cinema of the 1930s,"
celebrating the movies that entertained during the Great Depression. Screening Saturday afternoons and Monday evenings throughout September in the Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library (14 West 10th Street, 816-701-3400), the free series includes My Man Godfrey
, Mutiny on the Bounty
, Gunga Din
and more. See kclibrary.org
for the complete schedule. See Duck Soup
today at 1:30.
Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.; Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 5. Continues through Sept. 28, 2009