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Crazy House (1943)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  8 October 1943 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ole Olsen ...
Chic Johnson ...
Chic Johnson
Cass Daley ...
Cass Daley / Sadie Silverfish
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Edmund 'Mac' MacLean
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Marjorie Nelson alias Marjorie Wyndingham
Leighton Noble ...
Johnny (as Leighton Noble and His Orchestra)
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N.G. Wagstaff
Percy Kilbride ...
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Roco
Richard Lane ...
S. E. Hanley
Andrew Tombes ...
Horace L. Gregory
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Sid Drake
Chester Clute ...
Fud
Edgar Kennedy ...
Judge
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Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Music

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8 October 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casa de Loucos  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are playing themselves, seen on the Universal studio lot. They call each other "Holmes" and "Watson" as a joke because they were currently playing these characters in Universal movies. See more »

Quotes

Chic Johnson: Wanna see something swell?
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Chic Johnson: Here, put this sponge in water.
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Connections

Referenced in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Rigoletto Blues
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Music based on the "Quartet" from "Rigoletto"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by the Delta Rhythm Boys
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Bizarre B musical
18 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film in NYC at the Film Forum, where it was introduced by a nephew of Billy Gilbert, who has a small part in the film.

It was one wild ride.

The audience enjoyed the film thoroughly for what it is, a B movie musical starring Olsen & Johnson that is insane. The comedy duo has to break into Universal in order to make a film there, since no one wants them - in fact, a secretary, on learning who they are, jumps into her desk - we got to see that bit twice because the film broke. If you want to call the plot a plot, O & J run into difficulties getting financing for their film and, faced with huge debts, decide to auction it to the highest bidder. The film they make is awfully short.

Some of O & J's bits are quite funny and others are of the groan variety. There are many familiar faces in the film - Patric Knowles, Percy Kilbride, Hans Conried, Thomas Gomez, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, and some funny cameos by Universal stars in the beginning of the movie when they realize Olsen & Johnson are in the building - Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, Nigel Bruce, Alan Curtis, Leo Carrillo. Allan Jones sings "The Donkey Serenade," the De Marcos dance, and the end of the film within a film is a huge musical number done by The Glenn Miller Singers, Count Basie's Orchestra, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Leighton Noble's orchestra, and Chandra Kaly's Dancers.

"Crazy House" has a great deal of energy and is a real oddity. It was fun to watch, but I don't think I'd want to watch it again.


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