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Crazy House (1943)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  8 October 1943 (USA)
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Olsen and Johnson attempt to make a movie.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ole Olsen ...
Chic Johnson ...
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Marjorie Nelson alias Marjorie Wyndingham
Edmund 'Mac' MacLean
Cass Daley ...
Sadie Silverfish
Percy Kilbride ...
Leighton Noble ...
Orchestra Leader
N.G. Wagstaff
Edgar Kennedy ...
Andrew Tombes ...
Horace L. Gregory
Ray Walker ...
Radio Host at Drive-in
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Attorney Scatterby
Chester Clute ...
Sid Drake
Richard Lane ...


Olsen and Johnson attempt to make a movie.

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Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA)  »

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Crazy House  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Ole Olsen: Universal's most sensational comedy team's outside.
N.G. Wagstaff: Abbott & Costello - send them in!
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Referenced in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »


Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by Ramsay Ames and Her Tropicanans
Also performed by Count Basie and His Orchestra, and uncredited dancers
Also danced by Tony De Marco and Sally De Marco
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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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