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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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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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The original Broadway production of "Hellzapoppin'" opened at the 46th Street Theater on September 22, 1938, and ran for 1404 performances--a considerable run for a Broadway show in the 1930s. The original theatrical run included moves to the Winter Garden Theater and the Majestic Theater. The comic team of Chic Johnson and Ole Oleson wrote and produced the review and served as emcees for the show. As with the movie, the Broadway show was a mix of absurdist comedy skits, comic musical numbers, walk-on comedians and audience participation. There were running gags, such as the woman who walked down the theater aisles shouting "Oscar!", and the man with the potted plant who shouted "Miss Jones!" (One gag from the Broadway show that did not make it into the movie was a woman in the audience who stood up several times and announced she was "just going to the bathroom"). The Harlem Congaroos--the Lindy Hop dance troupe that appears in the film--also appeared in the original Broadway show (although during the show's run, they were variously billed as Whitey's Steppers or Whitey's Lindy Hoppers). 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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What Kind of Love Is This?
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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