The Life in My Years

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duck soup; noun

  1. something that is easy to do or accomplish: Fixing the car will be duck soup for anyone with the right tool

Duck Soup – A 1933 film starring the Marx Brothers in which Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale. An hour and 8 minutes of nonstop puns.  If you’re familiar with the movie then chances are you’re either an old movie buff or you’re just plain old. Unfortunately I’m the latter.

Duck Soup – A new Friday Fotos starring – ducks of course. And for your added comedic pleasure and a chance to roll your eyes over corny humor, I’ve interspersed some puns from the movie.

Pinole Creek Wetlands

The next town over from average no-town (because we don’t have a downtown) Hercules where I live, is Pinole where there’s a recreation path that follows Pinole Creek to San Pablo Bay and acres of wetlands.  A hike on that path can be just ducky.

Brown duck 2

Rufus T. Firefly: Not that I care, but where is your husband?

Mrs. Teasdale: Why, he’s dead.

Rufus T. Firefly: I bet he’s just using that as an excuse.

Mrs. Teasdale: I was with him to the very end.

Rufus T. Firefly: No wonder he passed away.

Mrs. Teasdale: I held him in my arms and kissed him.

Rufus T. Firefly: Oh, I see, then it was murder.

Single duck

Cabinet Member: We need to take up the tax.

Rufus T. Firefly: I’d like to take up the carpet.

Cabinet Member: I still insist we take up the tax.

Rufus T. Firefly: He’s right – you’ve gotta take up the tacks before you can take up the carpet.

2 swimming

Going for a late morning swim

Rufus T. Firefly:  I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I’d rather dance with the cows till you come home.


brown duck shore 2 with edits

If you have an itch you scratch …. errr, bite.

Rufus T. Firefly:  Oh, uh, I suppose you would think me a sentimental old fluff, but, uh, would you mind giving me lock of your hair?

Mrs. Teasdale:  A lock of my hair? Wh-why, I had no idea.

Rufus T. Firefly: I’m letting you off easy: I was going to ask for the whole wig.

brown duck peeking

Peek a boo

Rufus T. Firefly: Oh, I’m sick of messages from the front. Don’t we ever get a message from the side? – What is it?

Bob Roland: General Smith reports a gas attack. He wants to know what to do.

Rufus T. Firefly: Tell him to take a teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda and a half a glass of water.

sillouette 2

This wasn’t what I intended. I’d hoped to get more light on the ducks but daylight was waning and so I ended up with silhouettes of the ducks against a reflection of the sky and some clouds. In the end I like the effect.


And finally, below, the Duck Soup piece de resistance. When I heard this pun I laughed so hard and so long I thought I was going to wet my pants (which depending on your point of view is either a good or bad reflection on yours truly).

[Firefly and Mrs. Teasdale hear music coming from downstairs]

Mrs. Teasdale: What’s that?

Rufus T. Firefly: Sounds to me like mice.

Mrs. Teasdale: Mice? Mice don’t play music.

Rufus T. Firefly: No? How about the old maestro?

Go forth and have a great weekend but make sure you have your ducks in a row.


6 thoughts on “Friday Fotos – Duck Soup With Quackers

  1. johnlmalone says:

    great photos; there was/is no one comparable to the Marx Brothers 🙂 have seen and loved all their movies. thanks for the puns 🙂

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you John.
      And keep in my the sage words of Groucho, “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read”

  2. Marie Rogers says:

    Thanks. I needed a good laugh! The last picture, which didn’t come out as you intended, is the best, one in my opinion. I love the subtle hues.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you for the compliments Marie. Sometimes the pictures that don’t come out as we expect end up as a pleasant surprise.

  3. Scott Blake says:

    Great way to start a year, Marx Brothers lines from arguably their best movie. Another one of my favorite scenes takes place in Rufus’ office. The phone rings, Chico picks it up and says “No, he’s not in”, hangs up and tells Rufus (Groucho) “That was for you”. Rufus replies “I wonder what ever became of me. I should have been back here a long time ago”. I liked that one so much that for a long time I had it as my answering machine message.

    1. Paulie says:

      I remember the answering machine message. As I said in my post, you only know of the Marx Brothers if you are an old movie buff or just plain old. I suppose I can add to that, or your parents liked the Marx Brothers. I think the Marx Brothers are something of a generational thing. I doubt that their humor plays very well with generations younger than ours and that’s not a criticism of either the Marx Brothers or the younger generations. The Marx Brothers’ humor will be timeless but they’ve become an acquired taste – sort of like black licorice.

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