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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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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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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

Ole Olsen: Is there a dentist in the house?
Dentist: I'm a dentist!
Ole Olsen: [Shoots him with rifle] How do YOU like getting drilled?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

I'll See You in My Dreams
(uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Marion Hutton with The Modernaires
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Excellent Olsen and Johnson comedy is hampered by too many musical numbers which put the breaks on the comedic madness
21 January 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this film with Quentin Tarantino's introduction to this film on video tape from Trio. Quentin goes on about how Mel Brooks lifted a good chunk of the premise of this movie for Silent Movie. While the basic idea is the same, down on their luck film makers try to sign big stars for their up coming film, the results are decidedly different. Brooks played it pretty much as a straight film, while Olsen and Johnson used it as an excuse to do silly things with famous people. I prefer the pure insanity of Olsen and Johnson's take.

This is one of the best films that Olsen and Johnson ever made, even if it has one really big problem (which I'll get to in a minute). This is pure Olsen and Johnson insanity. Its a film where anything can happen, usually the silliest of all possible options. Its wild and wacky with Olsen and Johnson acting as steam rollers over Hollywood and the studio system. When the comedy is happening its a rapid fire collection of jokes and gags that never seem to stop.

Or rather stop a bit too often. The one really big problem I was talking about is that the comedy and the madness stops every couple of minutes for a musical interlude. These interludes pretty much stop the movie dead since any of the momentum thats been built up comes crashing to a halt. Most of the numbers are played straight so its a radical shift in tone that really annoyed the heck out of me. (Actually the numbers aren't bad they just belong in a different film) I know that the numbers are the result of this being one of those "studio" films where everyone in the studio appears partly as part of the story, but also as an advertisement for themselves and what ever movie they are currently promoting. (Hollywood turned these out every now and again often to mixed results)

Music aside I really like this movie. If you want to see Olsen and Johnson in great form this is a good choice to make.


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