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Movie Crazy (1932)

After a mix-up with application photograph, an aspiring actor is invited to a test screening and goes off to Hollywood.

Directors:

Clyde Bruckman, Harold Lloyd (uncredited)

Writers:

Vincent Lawrence (screenplay), Vincent Lawrence (dialogue) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Harold Hall aka Trouble
Constance Cummings ... Mary Sears
Kenneth Thomson ... Vance
Louise Closser Hale ... Mrs. Kitterman
Spencer Charters ... J.L. O'Brien
Robert McWade ... Wesley Kitterman - Producer
Eddie Fetherston Eddie Fetherston ... Bill - Assistant Director (as Eddie Fetherstone)
Sydney Jarvis Sydney Jarvis ... The Director
Harold Goodwin ... Miller
Mary Doran ... Margie
DeWitt Jennings ... Mr. Hall (as De Witt Jennings)
Lucy Beaumont ... Mrs. Hall
Arthur Housman ... Customer Who Didn't Order Rabbit
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Storyline

Harold Hall, an accident prone young man with little or no acting ability, desperately wants to be in pictures. After a mix-up with his application photograph, he gets an offer to have a screen-test, and goes off to Hollywood. At the studio, he does everything wrong and causes all sorts of trouble. But he catches the fancy of a beautiful actress, and eventually the studio owner recognizes him as a comic genius. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

He'll make you laugh! He'll make you weep - but always makes you happy! (Newspaper ad). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silence... on tourne! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$675,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,439,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(re-release) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The final climax of the picture on board of the ship between Harold and Vance was basically reworked from Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother (1927). The film was also shot with a silent film camera to re-create the Lloyd silent technique and the sound effects and dialogue were recorded in post-production. See more »

Goofs

As Harold leaves Mary at the Kitterman party, she is sitting on the steps on the patio. As she watches Harold walk off, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen against the wall behind her as it swings over her head. See more »

Quotes

Margie: Say, what do you think that guy Wolf just pulled on me? He said I had no sex appeal. Look at me! I got nothin' but sex appeal!
Miller: All right, I'll give you a chance to prove it. I gotta make a test of the new guy and you can be in it.
Margie: Will Wolf see it?
Miller: Sure!
Margie: Then lead me to it, baby! I'll show you flame enough to burn that bird up alive.
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Connections

Featured in American Masters: Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Indiana
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Whistled by Harold
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Good Comedy, Wonderful Pairing of Lloyd With Constance Cummings
20 February 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a good comedy, possibly Harold Lloyd's best sound movie, and it features a very nice pairing of Lloyd with Constance Cummings. It's also interesting and entertaining as a light commentary on the movie industry of its day, and the ways that it was perceived. The extreme eagerness of Lloyd's character to break into the movies is interwoven with the main romantic plot in some clever ways.

The story has Lloyd's character leaving his Kansas home and heading to Hollywood, where he winds up having a chaotic and very funny romance with a star actress played by Cummings. There are a lot of funny gag ideas, some very nice scenes between the two stars, and quite a bit more, capped off by the kind of funny, exciting set piece that you always hope for as the finale in one of Lloyd's movies.

Cummings is very appealing and enjoyable, and she has a lot of good material to work with, as the script sets up a good contrast between her screen character and her real personality. This contrast is used very creatively in the plot, and the effect is aided considerably by how well Cummings and Lloyd work together in all of their scenes. The actress's affectionate nickname of 'Trouble' for Lloyd's character works well, too. Their interplay is the best part of a good comedy that also has a lot of other things working for it.


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