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Gasbags -- The Crazy gang invade Nazi Germany !! They accidentally pilot a balloon over enemy territory.
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1 February 1941 (UK) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Bud Flanagan ... Bud
Chesney Allen ... Ches
Jimmy Nervo ... Cecil
Teddy Knox ... Knoxy
Charlie Naughton ... Charlie
Jimmy Gold ... Goldy
Moore Marriott ... Jerry Jenkins
Wally Patch ... Sergeant-Major
Peter Gawthorne ... Commanding Officer
Frederick Valk ... Sturmfuehrer
Eric Clavering ... Scharffuehrer
Anthony Eustrel ... Gestapo Officer
Carl Jaffe ... Gestapo Chief
Manning Whiley ... O.P. Colonel
Torin Thatcher ... SS Man
Irene Handl ... Burgomaster's wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felicity Andrae ... Baroness
Rolf Brandt ... Orderly
Richard Morrell ... O.P. 1st Lieutenant
Gerald Cooper ... Gen. Rathaus (uncredited)
Rowland Douglas ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Henderson ... Steward (uncredited)
James Knight ... German Major (uncredited)
Henry B. Longhurst ... Woodcutter (uncredited)
John Lothar ... Sergeant in Forest (uncredited)
George Merritt ... German General (uncredited)
Pat Noonan ... Woodcutter (uncredited)
Gerik Schjelderup ... O.P. Sentry (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ... Chip Shop Customer (uncredited)
Mavis Villiers ... American Girl (uncredited)
Theodore Zichy ... 2nd in Command (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Forde 
Marcel Varnel 
Writing credits
Val Valentine (screenplay) &
Marriott Edgar (screenplay) and
Val Guest (screenplay)

Produced by
Edward Black .... producer
Original Music by
Louis Levy (uncredited)
Charles Williams (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur Crabtree (photography)
Film Editing by
R.E. Dearing 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as Vetchinsky)
Production Management
Maurice Ostrer .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Peirce .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
B.C. Sewell .... sound supervisor
Sydney Wiles .... sound recordist (as S. Wiles)
Special Effects by
Jack Parry .... special effects photography (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Stevens .... camera operator
Davis Boulton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Other crew
Michael Gordon .... cutting

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Too zany for my taste, 24 April 2012
Author: Paularoc from United States

I had heard of the Crazy Gang and that this movie was quite the morale booster for the British in the dark days of the war. I wanted to like this movie but just didn't. Perhaps in part it was the generally poor print quality of the tape I was watching. I have read that some disliked this movie because there is nothing funny about World War II or Hitler. For me, this wasn't the issue but rather that the plot was just too wacky, zany and frenetic. I couldn't keep track of all the characters and it all seem like a jumbled mess. A previous reviewer mentioned the Three Stooges. Each of the Stooges had a distinct personality unlike the Crazy Gang where it was hard for me to tell one from the other. As a youngster in the fifties, I grew up with the Stooges on Saturday morning television. I remember them very fondly – of course I was a kid. The Crazy Gang just didn't resonate with me. That said, I will still probably give them another look-see given how popular they were in their day.

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