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Crazy Knights (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Romance | 8 December 1944 (USA)
Three goofballs run up against ghosts and a giant gorilla in a haunted house.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writer:

Tim Ryan (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Billy Gilbert ... Billy
Shemp Howard ... Shemp
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Maxie
Tim Ryan ... Grogan
Jayne Hazard ... Joan Gardner
Tay Dunn Tay Dunn ... Ralph Williams
Minerva Urecal ... Mrs. Benson
John Hamilton ... Mr. Gardner
Bernard Sell Bernard Sell ... Dave Hammon
Betty Sinclair ... Girl
Buster Brodie ... Baldy
Art Miles Art Miles ... Barney the Gorilla
Dan White ... Electrician
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Three goofballs run up against ghosts and a giant gorilla in a haunted house.

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It's Slay You With Laffs! See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A quickie shot at the Chaplin Studios in Los Angeles from August 7-12 1944. See more »

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There are more laughs in "Lost Weekend."
18 April 2016 | by m2mallorySee all my reviews

Even those with a high tolerance for 1940s rubbish films will have a hard time getting through "Crazy Knights" (aka "Ghost Crazy"). It was poverty-row studio Monogram's attempt to create a viable comedy team in the wake of the success of Abbott and Costello, and the continuing popularity of The Three Stooges. The idea was to team the ubiquitous Billy Gilbert with Shemp Howard (who at the time was between his stints with the Stooges) and Lennie-like boxer Maxie Rosenbloom. The three don't act as a trio; Gilbert (who is costumed exactly like Oliver Hardy) and Shemp work as a team, and Rosenbloom joins in about half-way through. The rest of the cast in this haunted house "comedy" is largely unknown, save for John "Perry White" Hamilton, who at this point in his career was bouncing back and forth between major and minor studios. Oh, and since this is a 1940s scare farce, there's also a gorilla. Gilbert--who acts as both slap-happy straight man and overacting, spluttering comic--Howard--who plays it with a tough guy edge--and Rosenbloom pull out every stop to try and get a laugh, but the script (the fault of Tim Ryan, who also plays the detective), the premise, and the utter cheapness of the film defeats them all. Seen today, the picture is a time capsule of the kind of no-budget, no-talent movie-making that existed during the Golden Age, but it's awfully hard to imagine audiences so starved for entertainment that they'd actually pay to see this.


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