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Hellzapoppin' (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 26 December 1941 (USA)
Olsen and Johnson, a pair of stage comedians, try to turn their play into a movie and bring together a young couple in love, while breaking the fourth wall every step of the way.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

Nat Perrin (screenplay), Warren Wilson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ole Olsen ... Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson ... Chic Johnson
Martha Raye ... Betty Johnson
Hugh Herbert ... Quimby
Jane Frazee ... Kitty Rand
Robert Paige ... Jeff Hunter
Mischa Auer ... Pepi
Richard Lane ... Director
Lewis Howard ... Woody Taylor
Clarence Kolb ... Andrew Rand
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Rand
Shemp Howard ... Louie
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Harry Selby
Frank Darien Frank Darien ... Man Calling for Mrs. Jones
Catherine Johnson Catherine Johnson ... Lena - Lady Looking for Oscar
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Storyline

Ole and Chick are making a movie, but the director is not satisfied. So he brings them to a young writer, who outlines them an absurd story. They have to support Jeff and Kitty in setting up a musical revue in their garden and want to bring it up on Broadway. If Jeff is successful he can marry Kitty. But there is his rich friend Woody, who also loves Kitty, Chick's sister Betty, who's in love with a false Russian count, and detective Quimby. They all make the thing very complicated for Ole and Chick. After some mistakes they think that Kitty isn't the right girl for Jeff and they start sabotaging the show, but the Broadway producer is impressed and signs the contract. That's the story the writer tells them. For this he's sued by the director. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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AT LAST IT'S ON THE SCREEN! Greater than the Stage Show! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De studio draait zot See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's Best Song nomination for "Pig Foot Pete" is a mystery. The song does not appear in Hellzapoppin' (1941), but did appear in Keep 'Em Flying (1941), a Bud Abbott and Lou Costello film that was made the same year by the same production company and studio. See more »

Goofs

Betty picks up a rifle with a bayonet attached, but in the next shot it's a double-barreled shotgun. See more »

Quotes

Man calling for Mrs. Jones: Mrs. Jones! Mrs. Jones!
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Crazy Credits

"......any similarity between HELLZAPOPPIN' and a motion picture is purely coincidental." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Lady Is Willing (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Congeroo
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
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THE slapstick movie - and that's for sure...
20 December 2007 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Hellzapoppin' is brilliant - fast, funny, visual, one-liners, dance numbers, romance - just pure and simple escapist entertainment - It is a feast of corny, surprising, surreal, slapstick, pratfall humor that will work until the end of time.

Moreover it uses tricks and ideas, like talking to the audience, that were way ahead of its time.

The show about a show plot works wonderfully, but it is the little surprises, the oddities, and the fun that make this one of the best laugh-out comedies of all time and should be seen by every comedy writer and actor - pure joy from beginning to end - and above all pure entertainment.

Huge fun and very much recommended.


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