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Movie Crazy (1932)

After a mix-up with his 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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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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85 Minutes of SOLID LAUGHS! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Leila Hyams was originally cast in the Constance Cummings role and can be seen in some surviving stills at the Margaret Herrick Library. 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

Miller: Hey, girlie! Come here.
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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 »

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Featured in Vito (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Indiana
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Whistled by Harold
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Lesser Talkie
12 August 2006 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Harold Hall (Harold Lloyd) is movie crazy, so much so that he sends a photo of himself (or so he thinks) to a movie executive hoping for a chance to get his foot in the door. With a photo of a different man, the executive encourages to come to Hollywood for a screen test, but Hall's anxiousness does not translate well to the people there. He ruins films in which he is simply an extra, destroys the executive's office, and yet somehow manages to win over a budding actress (Constance Cummings).

Movie Crazy is a disappointment after hearing rave reviews and seeing several wonderful Lloyd talkies. It has its moments, but it is by no means a great film. As an early talkie, it shines. There are some silent moments, but the camera is hardly static and some of the dialogue is very funny. However, as a film from master comedian Lloyd, it lacks. Too many of the jokes seem familiar and dull, some having been used in silents. Also, the timing is completely off for most of them, making them difficult to laugh at.

Watch this film expecting to have fun, but not expecting to see a favorite. It will entertain you for the night at least.


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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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