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Crack-Up (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 14 December 1936 (USA)
Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

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Colonel Gimpy
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Ace Martin
Helen Wood ...
Ruth Franklin
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John R. Fleming
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Joe Randall
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Mrs. Fleming
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Sidney Grant
Earle Foxe ...
Operative #30
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Operative #77
Gloria Roy ...
Operative #16
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Alfred Knuxton
Paul Stanton ...
Daniel D. Harrington
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Major White
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Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

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The poem quoted by Colonel Gimpy aboard the plane is from "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" by Lord Byron. See more »

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Colonel Gimpy: Good morning.
Operative #77: Good morning, Baron. I didn't know you were in America.
Colonel Gimpy: I've been here many months. I came over here on a very important mission. So important that if I fail, they would expect me to...
[mimics shooting himself]
Colonel Gimpy: ..."resign".
[smiles]
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Top Gallante
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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If Ed Wood had lived twenty years before....
24 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

...that 's exactly what he might have done .And do not get me wrong:I like Ed Wood's movies! A spy thriller?A spoof? Who knows?Peter Lorre 's tongue -in-cheek performance is a true delight;whatever he plays, a "colonel" "playing" the trumpet ,a Bondesque Spectre/Blofeld (the scene when he gets rid of the man who betrayed him),or a romantic lunatic reciting Byron's poem ,or a hero who redeems himself,he is simply great!Matching him every step of the way is Brian Donlevy's "Ace" (sic!!!).And what about the crate(which might have inspired Wood)?Who on earth would like to steal that?The scene when the "plane" falls into the sea predates Wood's flying saucers !In that context,the young romantic lead (played by Thomas Beck who does not seem to realize how ridiculous the story is)can be nothing but a joke.

This is hilarious and should not be missed.


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