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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) | 3 more credits »
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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:

ha-ha! ha-haa! ha-ha! (repeated many times on the poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Clyde Bruckman is the credited director, but most of the film was actually directed by Harold Lloyd due to Bruckman's often being incapacitated due to his alcoholism. See more »

Goofs

When Harold first leaves O'Brien's office the glass in the door is broken and most of it falls out. When Harold returns, the glass from the top portion has reappeared, and even more is there when seen from inside the office in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Miller: What kind of parts do you play?
Harold Hall aka Trouble: Aw, heroes.
Miller: Well, that means we gotta get a dame.
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Alternate Versions

1953 re-release version through Monarch Films is edited to 79 minutes. This was the only version shown on television for years. In April 2003 Turner Classic Movies channel premiered the newly restored version, mastered by the UCLA from the original film elements. This version is fully restored and runs 98 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Funny Side of Life (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Indiana
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Whistled by Harold
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A GENUINE COMEDY CLASSIC
13 November 2001 | by bensonjSee all my reviews

MOVIE CRAZY is one of Harold Lloyd's very best films, and that includes his silents. Sound complements his visual gags and adds depth to the story's characters without slowing down the humor.

What really makes this film singular is his relationship with the femme lead. Constance Cummings, one of the great, forgotten thirties performers, provides a complexity of character unique in this kind of comedy, certainly for the time. She's not a tacked-on "love interest;" her relation to Lloyd is integral to the story and essential to the success of the film. Her character is cosmopolitan, and an interesting aspect of it is her relationship to her slim, attractive and cultured black maid (NOT your usual thirties movie maid!) who seems more of a companion than a maid. At first Cummings finds Lloyd ridiculous, then irritating, but after a while she finds his natural affinity for disaster strangely interesting and she becomes fond of him. She's amused by him, and toys with him in an affectionate way.

Laughter is a mysterious, fragile thing. Among other things, it can be injured by too big an advance expectation. And some comedy needs an audience for fullest effect: Lloyd's comedy is that type. (Keaton, on the other hand, works as well in solitude.) Seeing this film with a large audience, I was helpless with laughter at numerous points in the film. The effect may not be the same if you see it on television, alone.

This is not a perfect film (but then really great films are rarely perfect). The sequence where he accidentally dons a magician's coat is funny, but too long and a bit too mechanically calculated. His battle with the villain on a waterlogged movie set meets the requirements for an action-filled finale, but is not the film's most inventive sequence. But the best sequences are terrific.

Partly because of the long-time unavailability of his films until recent years, Harold Lloyd has received critical short shrift from the silent comedy mavens. Keaton and Chaplin are demi-gods, and Laurel & Hardy and Langdon have been fully rehabilitated (if ever they were in disrepute), but Lloyd is still in the shadow, and that's unfair. Whatever else he is, Lloyd was consistently the FUNNIEST of them all, and his gags are always fresh, inventive and original. (I say this having seen nearly all the films of all these great performers.) The Lloyd character, too, though it varied from film to film, was never just a cipher, but a real, fully developed persona.

Seen in the right circumstances, MOVIE CRAZY can hold its own with filmdom's greatest classic comedies.


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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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Budget:

$675,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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