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Movie Crazy (1932)

After a mix-up with application photograph, an aspiring actor is invited to a test screening and goes off to Hollywood.


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Complete credited cast:
Mary Sears
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mrs. Kitterman
Spencer Charters ...
J.L. O'Brien
Wesley Kitterman - Producer
Eddie Fetherston ...
Bill - Assistant Director (as Eddie Fetherstone)
Sydney Jarvis ...
The Director
DeWitt Jennings ...
Mr. Hall (as De Witt Jennings)
Mrs. Hall
Arthur Housman ...
Customer Who Didn't Order Rabbit


Harold Hall, an accident prone young man with little or no acting ability, desperately wants to be in pictures. After a mix-up with his application photograph, he gets an offer to have a screen-test, and goes off to Hollywood. At the studio, he does everything wrong and causes all sorts of trouble. But he catches the fancy of a beautiful actress, and eventually the studio owner recognizes him as a comic genius. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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85 Minutes of SOLID LAUGHS! See more »


Comedy | Family | Romance


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Release Date:

23 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silence... on tourne!  »

Box Office


$675,000 (estimated)

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(re-release) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final climax of the picture on board of the ship between Harold and Vance was basically reworked from Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother (1927). The film was also shot with a silent film camera to re-create the Lloyd silent technique and the sound effects and dialogue were recorded in post-production. See more »


Spotlight following Harold when he is trampled by a group of girls running out of a sound stage to go to lunch. See more »


Miller: Say, Myrtle, where's this Harold Hall?
Myrtle, O'Brien's Receptionist: Oh, he just went out the door. He's squirrelly!
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Featured in Vito (2011) See more »


(1917) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Whistled by Harold
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Tired comedy saved by Constance Cummings
21 April 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

MOVIE CRAZY (1932) isn't one of Harold Lloyd's greatest comedies, or even, in this reviewer's opinion, his best talkie. It's a cliché story: small-town boy comes to Hollywood for stardom and falls flat on his face. Nincompoop wreaks havoc on movie studio. It's been done countless times, from Buster Keaton in FREE AND EASY (1930) to Red Skelton in MERTON OF THE MOVIES (1947).

Harold Lloyd plays the part of the fool, who ruins everything he comes in contact with. This type of character (similar to the talkie roles MGM would write for Buster Keaton) is sometimes hard to watch. Hopelessly naïve and pathetic. Viewed as a freak and played for a sucker. Always knocking over stacked objects or falling in puddles.

The gags are old and predictable (at least nowadays) and there are no groundbreaking stunts or anything. How many times have we seen the "oops, we must've switched hats" routine? And what do you think happens when Lloyd offers to help a woman unfold the top to her convertible? Or open an umbrella? Does that trick magician's jacket look just like Harold's, hanging in the restroom? (You bet it does.) This comedy just isn't all that funny, lacking some of the magic evident in Lloyd's silent classics.

The best thing in this movie is the beautiful Constance Cummings, who gives a rather impressive naturalistic performance as a Hollywood starlet whose path is crossed by Lloyd's accident-waiting-to-happen character. Cummings grows fond of Lloyd (whom she nicknames "Trouble") and her character manages to bring a cute romantic element to the film.

The first half-hour or so is pretty dull, but there's a fun little twist where Lloyd cannot recognize Cummings in her exotic on-set make-up and falls in love with the same woman twice. Cummings realizes this and plays around with Lloyd's heart. But does she actually love him, or is it all part of some game? This interesting "love triangle" is the strongest part of the script, and Cummings manages the dual role beautifully.

MOVIE CRAZY isn't all bad, but it is something of a letdown. Most of the "comedy" is tiresome, although certain bits work better than others. Interestingly, this talkie lacks some of the wit of Harold Lloyd's silent films. The story is nothing special, but Constance Cummings shines in her role and anchors the sweetness that makes the film's second half worth watching.

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