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Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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Storyline

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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AT LAST IT'S ON THE SCREEN! Greater than the Stage Show! See more »

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26 December 1941 (USA)  »

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De studio draait zot  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Kitty Rand: Would you know anything about love?
Quimby: Who, me? Uh, not me! I'm a married man!
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Crazy Credits

"......any similarity between HELLZAPOPPIN' and a motion picture is purely coincidental." See more »

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Spoofs Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Hellzapoppin'
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Sung by The Six Hits (uncredited)
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this is my all time favorite movie!
12 August 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I grew up on this movie, I have the movie completely memorized and I still laugh at the jokes. Granted I must say that its not for everyone, people who like a more sophisticated kind of humor may not like this movie. But if you want good old fashioned slap stick, one-liner, running gag, and completely random kind of comedies this is for you. I must say that the jokes do go by pretty fast and you could miss a good one liner really easily if you don't give the movie your full attention. Also, a good copy of the film may be a little difficult to come by, but its worth watching. If anyone in the movie business is reading this that has the power to do so, please get this out on DVD!


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