Kenny and Ziggy's presents Duck Soup
The first Jewish deli to open on New York’s Broadway did so in 1927 when a recent immigrant from Budapest named Max Gruber joined with brothers-in-law Morris and Izzy Rappaport to open The Rialto Delicatessen next door to the famed Rialto movie house.
Now, 90 years after that first deli opened, Max’s very own grandson, Ziggy Gruber of Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen Restaurant, is saluting the deli that began it all with a special movie night featuring a three-course dinner, snacks and a showing of the Marx Brothers’ 1933 film, Duck Soup.
Duck Soup, considered a disappointment when it came out but since recognized as a masterpiece of Marx Brothers comedy, is a story about two fictional countries on the brink of war. The wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) be appointed leader of the small, bankrupt country of Freedonia before she will continue to provide much-needed financial aid. Meanwhile, neighboring Sylvania is attempting to annex the country. Sylvanian ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) tries to foment a revolution and to woo Mrs. Teasdale. He tries to dig up dirt on Firefly by sending in spies Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo). Firefly’s secretary (Zeppo) suspects what is going on and sets out to thwart it. Mayhem, war, a fruit fight and a little singing and dancing follow. The war scenes are credited as some of the most hilarious Marx Brothers’ scenes.
The first and main dinner courses will be served before the movie. Guests will be provided with popcorn and M&Ms during the showing. Dessert will follow.