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Crazy House (1930)

 -  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 ...
Karl Dane ...
Karl Dane
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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| (TCM print)

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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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Not funny until the very, very end.
23 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Up until recently, I had never heard of Benny Rubin. However, I was able to download several of his RKO comedy shorts for free at wasn't all that impressed with his very ethnic humor. I was surprised to see only a week later that Turner Classic Movies showed one of his films--a very early color comedy from MGM. Because of my other experiences with Rubin, I set my expectations very low! Benny shows up at a sanitarium where he meets with the doctor (Vernon Dent). Lots of typical Rubin verbal humor ensues. Then, one of the doctor's assistants shows Rubin around the place. Inexplicably, the place has a radio program (????) and everyone around the place WAY overplays their crazy routines. In the middle of this goofiness, a black man does a very strange dance routines that has NOTHING to do with the film nor does the subsequent musical number--both of which are, apparently, part of the radio program.

Like the other Rubin films I saw, I just didn't like this one. Rubin's verbal schtick just didn't appeal to me as it didn't seem funny. The only things that made me laugh all happened in the final scene (which was pretty cute). Not recommended unless you adore Borscht-Belt comedy.

By the way, the color appears to be a two-color process where an orange-red strip and a green-blue strip are overlapped on a black & white strip. Cinecolor and Two-Strip Technicolor used this process and the film used the primitive Technicolor print.

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