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Crazy House (1930)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Musical | 1 November 1930 (USA)
Benny Rubin takes a tour of the "Lame Brain Sanitarium" and meets some of its strange patients.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Benny
... Dr. Smith (J-O-N-E-S)
... Singer
... Karl Dane
Gus Shy ... Gus
... Writer
Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker ... Dancer (as Snake Hips)
Albertina Rasch Dancers ... Ballet Troupe (as Albertina Rasch Ballet)
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Storyline

The Lame Brain Sanitarium is managed by Dr. E.D. Smith, who spells his last name J-O-N-E-S. Benny Rubin, believing he may have problems - the primary one being that he spends more money than he makes - is thinking about checking himself in. As he tours the sanitarium, he meets some of the other patients, including a fiddle destroyer, a man who believes he's developed an unbreakable plate, a dancer with elastic legs, and a Danish opera singer and his colleague (old friends of Rubin's) with a poor sense of geography. But the craziest people in Rubin's mind may be the staff, especially Dr. Smith, who believes he can cure Rubin by operating. In the end, is Rubin really crazy or are the crazy ones the writers? Written by Huggo

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sanitarium | doctor | See All (2) »

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Short | Comedy | Musical

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Approved
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1 November 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film excerpts four sequences from MGM's abandoned The March of Time (1930): the Krazy Kollege for Fiddlers with Polly Moran, Karl Dane, Cliff Edwards and Gus Shy in a plate-breaking comedy number with sailors, Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker's comedy dance, Karl Dane, Benny Rubin and Gus Shy in a comedy sketch, and an Albertina Rasch Ballet number. See more »

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Mars Ballet
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by the Albertina Rasch Dancers
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Fascinating, But Incomplete
19 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Not much to add beyond what a previous reviewer stated, except for that the print currently airing on TCM is missing a four minute musical segment featuring the Albertina Rasch Ballet dancers, who remain credited in the opening titles. More than likely, this sequence was "lifted" from the abandoned 1930 revue "The March of Time," which makes its absence from this print all the more frustrating.


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