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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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Best dance scenes and wildest cinematic tricks for its time! 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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene Ole Olson and Chic Johnson see a child's sled on the set of a film, and one of them says, "I thought they burned that". THis is a reference to the famous "Rosebud" sled in the final shot of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). 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

Chic Johnson: How much do you charge for haunting houses?
Harry Selby: How many rooms?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Martin and Lewis (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Hellzapoppin'
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Sung by The Six Hits (uncredited)
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Fun
19 April 2008 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

A really crazy, fun ride through a Broadway show, there are moving sets, one liners and all around comic mayhem. The irrepressible Martha Raye is all over this film, being a bit obnoxious, overbearing and, eventually, kind of humiliated. But she is just one person in a seemingly endless array of actors who walk in and out of scenes. I loved the film'special effects, they were actually fairly impressive for a film from the early 1940's. There is lots of music, lots of dancing, slapstick, drama and..well, you get the idea. The film whizzes along quickly, and its this pace that makes it never boring. As a matter of fact, blink your eyes and you'll miss something. Enjoy this, it really was a lot of fun.


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