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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
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Chic Johnson
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Betty Johnson
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Quimby
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Kitty Rand
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Jeff Hunter
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Pepi
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Director
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Woody Taylor
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Andrew Rand
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Mrs. Rand
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Louie
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Harry Selby
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Man Calling for Mrs. Jones
Catherine Johnson ...
Lena - Lady Looking for Oscar
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Orchestra Conductor
The Six Hits ...
The Six Hits
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Specialty (as Slim and Slam)
Slam Stewart ...
Specialty (as Slim and Slam)
Ann Johnson ...
Dancer (as Harlem Congeroos)
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Dancer (as Harlem Congeroos)
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Water Ballet Specialty
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Drafted Devil (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
John Alban ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
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Orchestra Bass Player (uncredited)
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Chauffeur (uncredited)
Marvin Bailey ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
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Theatre Manager (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
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Movie Cameraman (uncredited)
Milton Charleston ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Dean Collins ...
Betty's Jitterbug Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
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Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Maid (uncredited)
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Russian Butler (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Photographer at Pool (uncredited)
Vince Degen ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
Hazel Dohlman ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
William Downe ...
William Downe - Dancer (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
Harry Evans ...
Audience Member (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Louie's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
George Golden ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Ben Hall ...
Goofy Man in Betty's Way (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Showboat Captain (uncredited)
Howard Hudson ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
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Chef with Bread (uncredited)
CeePee Johnson ...
Tom-tom soloist who is then heard behind 'Congeroo' dancers (uncredited)
Frances 'Mickey' Jones ...
Mickey Jones - Dancer (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Blonde Woman at Skeet Range (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ...
Junior (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Mack McLean ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
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Dancer - Cook (uncredited)
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Mother Calling for Junior (uncredited)
Al Minns ...
Dancer - Butler (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Midget Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ...
Young Man (uncredited)
Joseph North ...
Butler (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
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Butler in Pool (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Butler (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
Jerry Preshaw ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Billy Ricker ...
Billy Ricker - Dancer (uncredited)
Willa Mae Ricker ...
Willa Mae Ricker - Dancer (uncredited)
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Robert T. MacChesney (uncredited)
Bob Rose ...
Shorty - Butler (uncredited)
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Dwarf Devil (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
Fred Sanborn ...
Man Playing Tic-Tac-Toe (uncredited)
Bill Seckler ...
Member of The Six Hits (uncredited)
Bert Spencer ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Rex Stewart ...
Trumpet Specialty (uncredited)
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Max Kane (uncredited)
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Man Who Falls Into Pool / Frankenstein Monster (uncredited)
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Audience Member (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Dancers - Harlem Congeroos Number (uncredited)
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Orchestra Trombone Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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H.C. Potter

Written by

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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

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

Music by

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Frank Skinner

Cinematography by

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Elwood Bredell ... director of photography (as Woody Bredell)

Film Editing by

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

Art Direction by

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Jack Otterson

Set Decoration by

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

Costume Design by

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Vera West

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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Martin Obzina ... associate art director

Sound Department

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

Visual Effects by

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John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Gil Perkins ... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... stunts (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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

Additional Crew

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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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Storyline

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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! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - July 7, 1944) See more »
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Additional Details

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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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Runtime
  • 84 min
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Did You Know?

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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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