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Crazy House (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 8 October 1943 (USA)
Olsen and Johnson, stage comedians turned film stars, produce a star-studded musical comedy with an eccentric "millionaire" who hasn't got a dime.

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Robert Lees (screenplay), Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ole Olsen ... Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson ... Chic Johnson
Cass Daley ... Cass Daley / Sadie Silverfish
Patric Knowles ... Edmund 'Mac' MacLean
Martha O'Driscoll ... Marjorie Nelson alias Marjorie Wyndingham
Leighton Noble ... Johnny (as Leighton Noble and His Orchestra)
Thomas Gomez ... N.G. Wagstaff
Percy Kilbride ... Col. Cornelius Merriweather
Hans Conried ... Roco
Richard Lane ... S. E. Hanley
Andrew Tombes ... Horace L. Gregory
Billy Gilbert ... Sid Drake
Chester Clute ... Fud
Edgar Kennedy ... Judge
Franklin Pangborn ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

Olsen (Ole Olson) and Johnson (Chic Johnson) show up at Universal Pictures studios hot-to-go to make a second film with that studio and Univeral executives couldn't be less interested, so they decide to rent a movie lot and make their own films...financed by a "millionaire" who hasn't got two nickels he could rub together. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casa de Loucos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As a gag veteran performers Andy Devine, Leo Carillo, Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Johnny Mack Brown and Allan Jones, all of whom make cameos, are given a special "Introducing" title card. See more »

Quotes

Chic Johnson: Are you the bellboy?
Bellhop: Yes.
Chic Johnson: Take this.
[Hands him the Liberty Bell]
Chic Johnson: No cracks.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Donkey Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Allan Jones
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Olsen&Johnson make a movie
26 January 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The frantic and anarchic style of Olsen And Johnson was never put to better use than in Crazy House. The boys have Universal Pictures in a state of siege at the thought of their returning to the lot after the success of Hellzapoppin'. Great success, but no one wants to work with them again. A whole lot of familiar faces show up to tell them just that.

When they do get to see producer Thomas Gomez he dismisses them, but aspiring director Patric Knowles sticks up for them. So Ole, Chic, and Pat decide to make their own film and when name stars refuse them, they hire unknowns like carhop Martha O'Driscoll as a singer.

The big problem is when they mistake Percy Kilbride for a wealthy backer. Percy is a refugee from a rubber room who only thinks he has great wealth. So when the creditors don't get paid, they hatch a plot to steal Olsen and Johnson's labor of love and laughs.

Just about everyone who was working on the Universal lot with the exception of Abbott&Costello and Deanna Durbin got into Crazy House even for only a walk on. And I did love the fact that a whole slew of second banana comics got a bit in this film and that would include Billy Gilbert, Shemp Howard, and Edgar Kennedy as a sorely tried judge. And Cass Daley gets a dual role as Cass Daley and her lookalike cousin Sadie whom the boys sign for the film.

Add Allan Jones singing The Donkey Serenade and you have a great comic film. Jones does this as part of a stall during the premiere of their masterpiece. Why they are stalling is for you to see. And still more musical guest stars that I can't name all of them. In fact this is the only all star extravaganza that was filmed from 1941-45 without a single reference to the war.

Ole and Chic were not really at their best on screen. Like Al Jolson you had to see them live to get the full effect of their zany comedy. Rowan&Martin were the closest to them with their anarchic Laugh-In show. Still Crazy House and Hellzapoppin' are the best examples of their work.


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