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Gasbags -- The Crazy gang invade Nazi Germany !! They accidentally pilot a balloon over enemy territory.
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 ... Teddy
Charlie Naughton ... Charlie
Jimmy Gold ... Jimmy
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
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Crazy Gang, 24 February 2006
Author: boblipton from New York City

This wartime farce concerns the Crazy Gang -- you may think of them as a precursor of the 'Carry On' series, if you like -- who get involved in World War Two, which for them means running a fish and chips shop off a barrage balloon, floating accidentally into Germany, being interned in a concentration camp, acting as Hitler doubles and escaping. Don't worry if it makes no sense, it's the Crazy Gang, meaning about eight music hall performers taking every opportunity to engage in pratfalls, puns, cowardice and risqué jokes. The Crazy Gang starred in something short of a dozen movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s, a sort of all-star supporting comics' series.

The director of this and other movies in the series was French-born Marcel Varnel, a specialist in high-speed farce for Gaumont and Gainsborough until his untimely death. When he worked with Will Hays and his group of comics -- Moore Marriott appeared in both series -- he produced some very fine situational farces. Here, in this looser-plotted work, with every comic fighting for screen time, the result is something that would have been a very popular home film in Britain, but which does not, alas, travel well in time or space to a modern American viewer like me.

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