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Did Lassparri deserve to get punched in the face?


In the scene where Baroni meets the dame in her room Lassparri comes in and tries to woo her. Then Baroni comes out of the closet and Lassparri understands why the dame can't be with her. Immediately he apologizes and starts to leave when Baroni punches him in the face! What an idiot. Allan Jones has got to be the least appealing character in the film. At least Lassparri has class.

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Lasparri didn't just go to leave. The dialogue went: Lasparri - "I apoligize. In a boudoir two are company, three a crowd." Baroni - "And just what do you mean by that?" Lasparri - "Surely I have made my meaning clear." Then Baroni punched him. In other words, Lasparri was implying that the two of them were doing something they shouldn't have been. Baroni was basically protecting her honor. And what do you mean Lasparri had class? He was the most conceited, obnoxious person in the movie!

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Let me get this straight. Lassparri doesn't know that Allan Jones and the dame are romanically involved. He finds out, albiet in an awkwardly contrived way, with Allan Jones coming out of the closet before any love-making can take place. He immediately realizes the situation, essentially saying that two's company and three's a crowd. But Big, Stupid Allan Jones takes offense at this and PUNCHES HIM IN THE FACE. Yes, Allan Jones is going to get his big break in opera, just as soon as he stands trial for assault.

Allan Jones, the supposed romantic lead, is the most obnoxious and stupid character in the film. He can't even hold an Italian accent. I'd sooner believe Groucho is Italian. Lassparri does have class. Granted, he expresses it through bizzare sexual rituals involving sailor costumes, whips, and Harpo Marx.

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Hey, gj3123, did you even watch the first half of this film? It was established in the beginning that Ricardo and Rosa were an item and Lasspari knew about it when she turned him down for dinner. As for your comments about "Big, Stupid Allan Jones" (subtle touch) and Lasparri's "bizarre sexual rituals," I'd tell you to get a life, but it's obvious you're more in need of a funny bone. It's a comedy!
And, yes, Lasspari deserved to be decked.

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gj3123 is nothing but a troll, as proven by his constant referring of Rosa as "the dame".

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gj3123, you are treating the scenario as if it were a realistic encounter in the 1990's.

Lassparri's comment was a direct insult to the lady -- he suggested that he was interrupting a 'boudoir' engagement between a young lady and a man, which was, in modern parlance, like calling her a slut -- or in even more modern parlance, a 'ho'.

There would have been no confusion in 1935 that the sock to the jaw was warranted -- to do less would have been unmanly.

Albert

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I'd say Lasspari deserves it for beating on Harpo. But in the immediate context, I say he has no right to make rude, suggestive remarks - that's Groucho's job!

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Good one, vmacek.

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Well, the opera audience meted out justice to Lassparri at the end.

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The short answer would be yes.






Schrodinger's cat walks into a bar and doesn't.

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Troll city - how did this guy get a leading board at IMDB? Lasspari has so much class, he beats his dresser, Harpo, with a whip, at the beginning, and fakes a sore throat later to avoid singing a sendoff song to the audience, at the ship boarding.

What else could the writers do to tell you that Lassparri is a cad?

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Yeh, no kidding. The way Lasspari was beating Harpo at the begging of the film and not just that. He was obnoxious in all the scenes. I'm glad Allen Jones punched him.

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