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Crazy House (1930)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  1 November 1930 (USA)
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Benny Rubin takes a tour of the "Lame Brain Sanitarium" and meets some of its strange patients.


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Complete credited cast:
Benny Rubin ...
Vernon Dent ...
Dr. Smith (J-O-N-E-S)
Polly Moran ...
Gus Shy ...
Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker ...
Dancer (as Snake Hips)
Albertina Rasch Ballet ...
Ballet Troupe
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The Lame Brain Sanitarium is managed by Dr. E.D. Smith, who spells his last name J-O-N-E-S. Benny Rubin, believing he may have problems - the primary one being that he spends more money than he makes - is thinking about checking himself in. As he tours the sanitarium, he meets some of the other patients, including a fiddle destroyer, a man who believes he's developed an unbreakable plate, a dancer with elastic legs, and a Danish opera singer and his colleague (old friends of Rubin's) with a poor sense of geography. But the craziest people in Rubin's mind may be the staff, especially Dr. Smith, who believes he can cure Rubin by operating. In the end, is Rubin really crazy or are the crazy ones the writers? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short






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1 November 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.20 : 1
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The Albertina Rasch Ballet sequence is missing from the extant print shown on Turner Classic Movies; most likely, it was removed at one time and used in another short subject, possibly one of the early Three Stooges entries. See more »

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This short titled Crazy House wasn't crazy enough for my tastes
20 November 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this two-strip Technicolor short as an extra on The Champ DVD (the version with Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper). Benny Rubin plays a character stuck in an asylum. Seeing him react to some crazy characters brought some interest but, otherwise, there was nothing that I thought was remotely funny. There was one pretty entertaining scene involving an African-American dancer named Earl "Snake Hips" Tucker that was fascinating to watch what with his slinking up and down or side to side to some jazz music. How the short ends was also interesting but, like I said, there wasn't anything that I thought made me laugh, just think, "So this is what they thought of?" So on that note, Crazy House was fascinating to watch, just not very entertaining.

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