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Hellzapoppin' (1941)

 -  Comedy  -  26 December 1941 (USA)
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Ole and Chick are making a movie, but the director is not satisfied. So he brings them to a young writer, who outlines them an absurd story. They have to support Jeff and Kitty in setting ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ole Olsen ...
Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson ...
Martha Raye ...
Betty Johnson
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Quimby
Jane Frazee ...
Kitty Rand
Robert Paige ...
Jeff Hunter
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Pepi
Richard Lane ...
Director
Lewis Howard ...
Woody Taylor
Clarence Kolb ...
Andrew Rand
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Mrs. Rand
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Louie
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Harry Selby
Frank Darien ...
Man calling for Mrs. Jones
Catherine Johnson ...
Lena, Lady looking for Oscar
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Ole and Chick are making a movie, but the director is not satisfied. So he brings them to a young writer, who outlines them an absurd story. They have to support Jeff and Kitty in setting up a musical revue in their garden and want to bring it up on Broadway. If Jeff is successful he can marry Kitty. But there is his rich friend Woody, who also loves Kitty, Chick's sister Betty, who's in love with a false Russian count, and detective Quimby. They all make the thing very complicated for Ole and Chick. After some mistakes they think that Kitty isn't the right girl for Jeff and they start sabotaging the show, but the Broadway producer is impressed and signs the contract. That's the story the writer tells them. For this he's sued by the director. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Mischa Auer plays "a real Russian nobleman who is pretending to be a fake Russian nobleman." This is a satire on Michael Romanoff, owner of the popular Hollywood restaurant, Romanoff's. He claimed to be a Russian prince and nephew of Tsar Nicholas II, but it was widely known in Hollywood that his royalty claims were false--in fact, his real name was Harry F. Gerguson, and prior to opening his restaurant he had been a pants presser in Brooklyn. This is why Auer tells his fellow Russian expatriate, "Better I should be known as a fake Russian prince. If everyone knew I was a real Russian prince, the novelty would wear off, and nobody would want me." See more »

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Betty picks up a rifle with a bayonet attached, but in the next shot it's a double-barreled shotgun. See more »

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Man calling for Mrs. Jones: [Calling out loud] Mrs Jones! Mrs Jones!
Ole Olsen: [Firmly] Look, here, my friend, we are making a motion picure here.
Man calling for Mrs. Jones: That's a matter of opinion...
[leaving]
Man calling for Mrs. Jones: Mrs Jones!
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"......any similarity between HELLZAPOPPIN' and a motion picture is purely coincidental." See more »

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Heaven for Two
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
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Legal Dispute
3 January 2003 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of my childhood favorites. I had not seen this movie during the last 20 years. I attempted to contact the production studio and even the motion picture academy. The academy infomed me that there was a long-standing legal dispute about the writing credits. Because of the legal dispute the film has not been shown in the US (TV & Video) for over 20 years.

Good news, I was able to purchase a VHS tape from a video distributor in Ireland. The tape was in PAL format and not viewable in VCRs made in the US. I had the tape transferred to US format. Now I can enjoy this wonderful movie anytime I want.


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