Hellzapoppin' ()

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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.


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Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson
Betty Johnson
Kitty Rand
Jeff Hunter
Woody Taylor
Andrew Rand
Mrs. Rand
Harry Selby
Frank Darien ...
Man Calling for Mrs. Jones
Catherine Johnson ...
Lena - Lady Looking for Oscar
Orchestra Conductor
The Six Hits ...
Specialty (as Slim and Slam)
Slam Stewart ...
Specialty (as Slim and Slam)
Ann Johnson ...
Dancer (as Harlem Congeroos)
Frankie Manning ...
Dancer (as Harlem Congeroos)
Olive Hatch ...
Water Ballet Specialty
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drafted Devil (uncredited)
Girl (uncredited)
Orchestra Bass Player (uncredited)
Frank Austin ...
Chauffeur (uncredited)
Marvin Bailey ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
Don Brodie ...
Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Movie Cameraman (uncredited)
Milton Charleston ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dean Collins ...
Betty's Jitterbug Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Bodyguard (uncredited)
George Davis ...
Russian Butler (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Photographer at Pool (uncredited)
Vince Degen ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
William Downe ...
Himself - Dancer (uncredited)
Audience Extra (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Louie's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Ben Hall ...
Goofy Man in Betty's Way (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Showboat Captain (uncredited)
Howard Hudson ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
George Humbert ...
Chef with Bread (uncredited)
Frances 'Mickey' Jones ...
Herself - Dancer (uncredited)
Blonde Woman at Skeet Range (uncredited)
Whitey's Lindy Hoppers ...
Dancers - Harlem Congeroos Number (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
Junior (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Mack McLean ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
Dancer - Cook (uncredited)
Mother Calling for Junior (uncredited)
Al Minns ...
Dancer - Butler (uncredited)
Harry Monty ...
Midget Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ...
Young Man (uncredited)
Joseph North ...
Butler (uncredited)
Butler in Pool (uncredited)
Chorine (uncredited)
Jerry Preshaw ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
Dancer (uncredited)
Billy Ricker ...
Himself - Dancer (uncredited)
Willa Mae Ricker ...
Herself - Dancer (uncredited)
Robert T. MacChesney (uncredited)
Bob Rose ...
Shorty - Butler (uncredited)
Dwarf Devil (uncredited)
Fred Sanborn ...
Man Playing Tic-Tac-Toe (uncredited)
Bill Seckler ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
Rex Stewart ...
Trumpet Specialty (uncredited)
Max Kane (uncredited)
Man Who Falls Into Pool / Frankenstein Monster (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ...
Audience Extra (uncredited)
Maid (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Orchestra Trombone Player (uncredited)

Directed by

H.C. Potter

Written by

Nat Perrin ... (screenplay) &
Warren Wilson ... (screenplay)
Nat Perrin ... (based on an original story by)
Alex Gottlieb ... (writer: additional comedy and musical sequences) (uncredited)

Produced by

Alex Gottlieb ... associate producer
Glenn Tryon ... associate producer
Jules Levey ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Frank Skinner

Cinematography by

Elwood Bredell ... (as Woody Bredell)

Film Editing by

Milton Carruth
Ted J. Kent ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Jack Otterson

Set Decoration by

Russell A. Gausman ... (as R.A. Gausman)

Costume Design by

Vera West

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Joseph A. McDonough ... assistant director
Edward F. Cline ... director: additional comedy and musical sequences (uncredited)

Art Department

Martin Obzina ... associate art director

Sound Department

Bernard B. Brown ... sound director
William R. Fox ... sound technician (as William Fox)

Visual Effects by

John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Ted Cain ... music supervisor
Charles Previn ... musical director / composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

Nick Castle ... choreographer
Edward F. Cline ... additional scenes
Eddie Prinz ... choreographer (as Edward Prinz)
Frankie Manning ... choreographer: Whitey's Lindy Hoppers number (uncredited)
Jaik Rosenstein ... unit publicity writer (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines AT LAST IT'S ON THE SCREEN! Greater than the Stage Show! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hellzapoppin (France)
  • Loquilandia (Spain)
  • Le studio en folie (Belgium, French title)
  • Hellzapoppin - In der Hölle ist der Teufel los (West Germany)
  • O trellos paradeisos (Greece)
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  • 84 min
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Trivia The original Broadway production of "Hellzapoppin'" opened at the 46th Street Theater on September 22, 1938, and ran for 1404 performances--a considerable run for a Broadway show in the 1930s. The original theatrical run included moves to the Winter Garden Theater and the Majestic Theater. The comic team of Chic Johnson and Ole Olsen wrote and produced the review and served as emcees for the show. As with the movie, the Broadway show was a mix of absurdist comedy skits, comic musical numbers, walk-on comedians and audience participation. There were running gags, such as the woman who walked down the theater aisles shouting "Oscar!", and the man with the potted plant who shouted "Miss Jones!" (One gag from the Broadway show that did not make it into the movie was a woman in the audience who stood up several times and announced she was "just going to the bathroom"). The Harlem Congaroos--the Lindy Hop dance troupe that appears in the film--also appeared in the original Broadway show (although during the show's run, they were variously billed as Whitey's Steppers or Whitey's Lindy Hoppers). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in This Joint Is Jumpin' (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Waiting for the Robert E. Lee See more »
Crazy Credits "......any similarity between HELLZAPOPPIN' and a motion picture is purely coincidental." See more »
Quotes Lena, Lady looking for Oscar: Oscar!
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