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Crazy House (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 8 October 1943 (USA)
Olsen and Johnson, stage comedians turned film stars, produce a star-studded musical comedy with an eccentric "millionaire" who hasn't got a dime.

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Cass Daley / Sadie Silverfish
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Edmund 'Mac' MacLean
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Marjorie Nelson alias Marjorie Wyndingham
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Johnny (as Leighton Noble and His Orchestra)
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Horace L. Gregory
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Sid Drake
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Hotel Clerk
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Olsen and Johnson, stage comedians turned film stars, produce a star-studded musical comedy with an eccentric "millionaire" who hasn't got a dime.

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Billy Gilbert is listed in the closing credits as playing 'Stone,' but he clearly introduces himself as 'Sid Drake.' See more »

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Chic Johnson: Wanna see something swell?
Mumbo: Yeah!
Chic Johnson: Here, put this sponge in water.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

My Song Without Words
(uncredited)
Lyrics by John La Touche
Music by Vernon Duke
Performed by Leighton Noble and his Orchestra
Also sung by Marion Hutton with The Modernaires
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CRAZY HOUSE (Edward F. Cline, 1943) **1/2
24 January 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is the third Olsen & Johnson vehicle I have watched; in a way, it is a direct follow-up to their most notable outing i.e. HELLZAPOPPIN' (1941) since the latter is mentioned a number of times throughout. Like that film, this one has only a wisp of plot: turned down by Universal after their zany antics in the earlier title, the duo here try to finance their own movie – helped by producer wannabe Patric Knowles and Percy (Pa Kettle) Kilbride as a man suffering from delusions of being a millionaire! The rest is taken up by typically surreal gags (funny while they are on but not exactly memorable, except for the opening which sees the entire studio personnel bolting at the comics' arrival at the studio gates…including Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in character as Holmes and Watson, then appearing in a series of films for Universal!) and numerous specialty – and boring – musical numbers (the most irritating of which being that of Cass Daley who not only shouts her lyrics but even plays dual roles!). In pure Hollywood terms, Knowles discovers – and falls for – a female singing 'sensation'; also, when the film is finally completed and the backers see no remuneration coming their way, they decide to sabotage the premiere…only that, when most of the reels go 'missing', Olsen & Johnson have the brilliant idea of enacting the situations live (since most of it is revue-style material anyway)! For the record, director Cline was a comedy expert and, while producer Erle C. Kenton directing films in this genre himself, is perhaps best-known for his horror output at Universal itself and other studios.


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