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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

Billy Gilbert is listed in the closing credits as playing 'Stone,' but he clearly introduces himself as 'Sid Drake.' See more »

Quotes

Basil Rathbone: Olsen & Johnson have arrived.
Nigel Bruce: How do you know?
Basil Rathbone: I am Sherlock Holmes. I know everything.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Sung by Marion Hutton with The Modernaires
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CRAZY HOUSE (Edward F. Cline, 1943) **1/2
24 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is the third Olsen & Johnson vehicle I have watched; in a way, it is a direct follow-up to their most notable outing i.e. HELLZAPOPPIN' (1941) since the latter is mentioned a number of times throughout. Like that film, this one has only a wisp of plot: turned down by Universal after their zany antics in the earlier title, the duo here try to finance their own movie – helped by producer wannabe Patric Knowles and Percy (Pa Kettle) Kilbride as a man suffering from delusions of being a millionaire! The rest is taken up by typically surreal gags (funny while they are on but not exactly memorable, except for the opening which sees the entire studio personnel bolting at the comics' arrival at the studio gates…including Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in character as Holmes and Watson, then appearing in a series of films for Universal!) and numerous specialty – and boring – musical numbers (the most irritating of which being that of Cass Daley who not only shouts her lyrics but even plays dual roles!). In pure Hollywood terms, Knowles discovers – and falls for – a female singing 'sensation'; also, when the film is finally completed and the backers see no remuneration coming their way, they decide to sabotage the premiere…only that, when most of the reels go 'missing', Olsen & Johnson have the brilliant idea of enacting the situations live (since most of it is revue-style material anyway)! For the record, director Cline was a comedy expert and, while producer Erle C. Kenton directing films in this genre himself, is perhaps best-known for his horror output at Universal itself and other studios.


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