MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,423 this week

Hellzapoppin' (1941)

 -  Comedy  -  26 December 1941 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 1,619 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 18 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


Related News

Off-Broadway Babble-on
| www.culturecatch.com
Tony-winning Dancer Manning Dies
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 19 Dec 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 17 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Hellzapoppin'" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hellzapoppin' (1941)

Hellzapoppin' (1941) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hellzapoppin'.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury. The town is being plagued by a mysterious "glue-man", who pours... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Stars: Eric Portman, Sheila Sim, Dennis Price
Comedy | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.

Directors: Arthur Lubin, Ralph Ceder
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Martha Raye
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D'Arnoux
It's a Gift (1934)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A henpecked New Jersey grocer makes plans to move to California to grow oranges, despite the resistance of his overbearing wife.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: W.C. Fields, Kathleen Howard, Jean Rouverol
Never Say Die (1939)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Bob Hope is being stalked by a predatory widow who is a widow of wealthy husbands many times over. Martha Raye is a Texan heiress who wants to marry her boyfriend Andy Devine, but her ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Andy Devine
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister
Stars: Chesney Allen, Leonard Brockington, Bud Flanagan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy ... See full summary »

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature
All Over Town (1937)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two zanies try to stage a show in a theater that has a reputation for being being jinxed.

Director: James W. Horne
Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Mary Howard
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

According to the will of an eccentric millionaire, one of four randomly chosen strangers will become his heir if he/she can double $5000 by honest means.

Director: Theodore Reed
Stars: Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Andy Devine
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the story concerns the efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who,... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Allan Jones, Irene Hervey, Martha Raye
Crazy House (1943)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Olsen and Johnson attempt to make a movie.

Director: Edward F. Cline
Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Cass Daley
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ole Olsen ...
Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson ...
Martha Raye ...
Betty Johnson
...
Quimby
Jane Frazee ...
Kitty Rand
Robert Paige ...
Jeff Hunter
...
Pepi
Richard Lane ...
Director
Lewis Howard ...
Woody Taylor
Clarence Kolb ...
Andrew Rand
...
Mrs. Rand
...
Louie
...
Harry Selby
Frank Darien ...
Man calling for Mrs. Jones
Catherine Johnson ...
Lena, Lady looking for Oscar
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Best dance scenes and wildest cinematic tricks for its time! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De studio draait zot  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's Best Song nomination for "Pig Foot Pete" is a mystery. The song does not appear in Hellzapoppin' (1941), but did appear in Keep 'Em Flying (1941), a Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film that was made the same year by the same production company and studio. 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

Man calling for Mrs. Jones: Mrs. Jones! Mrs. Jones!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Lady Is Willing (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Watch The Birdie
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed and sung by Martha Raye and The Six Hits (uncredited) with orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

You'll either love it or hate it.
11 August 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews



This movie pops up regularly on TV or at revue cinemas and I'm always surprised at how many youngsters are familiar with it.

Olsen and Johnson never had the following of Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello but they were capable vaudeville comics who made a few movies, Hellzapoppin and Crazy House are the best remembered. Hellzapoppin is the a much sanitized film version of Nat Perrin's famous stage revue.

The jokes come fast and furious, some of them are very dated now and some were never very funny to begin with, but you don't have time to analyze, you're into the next before you know it. There are some familiar faces Misha Auer, who had a long career playing the same character (a Russian aristocrat with dubious credentials), the loud and brassy Martha Raye and the very funny Hugh Herbert with his "yoo-hoo's" and mumbled asides the audience. The special effects were innovative for their time.

As brief respites from the madness there are a number of variety acts, synchronized swimming, crazy diving, a few pleasant songs with the corny lyrics typical of the period and the fantastic dancing of the Harlem Congeroo Dancers which even today is greeted by gasps of amazement and applause.

Well you can't say the maker's of this movie weren't trying to entertain.


32 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD Release! KKSlider
Where to get a VHS/DVD copy frank.h.gerencser
IS THIS THE FILM WITH TALKING ANIMALS darry-1
anyone know how they made the arrows scene? whostolethecheese
Who played the Frankenstein Monster? gorgya
one of the grestest films yet to be released on dvd arsenalmejordelmundo
Discuss Hellzapoppin' (1941) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?