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Movie Crazy (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Family | Romance  -  23 September 1932 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Constance Cummings ...
Mary Sears
Kenneth Thomson ...
Vance
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mrs. Kitterman
Spencer Charters ...
J.L. O'Brien
Robert McWade ...
Wesley Kitterman - Producer
Eddie Fetherston ...
Bill - Assistant Director (as Eddie Fetherstone)
Sydney Jarvis ...
The Director
Harold Goodwin ...
Miller
...
Margie
DeWitt Jennings ...
Mr. Hall (as De Witt Jennings)
Lucy Beaumont ...
Mrs. Hall
Arthur Housman ...
Customer Who Didn't Order Rabbit
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Storyline

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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Harold Lloyd is Back! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

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Release Date:

23 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Silence... on tourne!  »

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Budget:

$675,000 (estimated)
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(re-release) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Harold leaves Mary at the Kitterman party, she is sitting on the steps on the patio. As she watches Harold walk off, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen against the wall behind her as it swings over her head. See more »

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Indiana
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Music by James F. Hanley
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a silent clown icon no longer in his comfort zone
9 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of a disaster-prone movie buff who crashes Hollywood and becomes a star in spite of himself might have been lifted from erstwhile silent clown Harold Lloyd's own rags-to-riches autobiography. The film is widely considered Lloyd's best 'talkie', but it can't hope to match his silent classics, and doesn't try to approach the dizzy verbal pace of screwball comedy just then coming into vogue. Ironically, Lloyd himself is the weak link in the film; his (considerable) pantomime talents and optimistic go-getter personality were better suited to Jazz Age silent comedy, and didn't translate well to the Great Depression. Only the somewhat bizarre love interest, between the typically shy Harold and a temperamental actress (who doesn't tell him she's also the Spanish bombshell he's infatuated with) seems more in step with sophisticated sound-era comedy conventions. Technophiles take note: the climactic backstage battle, in which Harold finally proves himself, was clearly shot silent, but the clumsy telegraphing of each gag well in advance kills the tempo.


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