Crazy House (1943)

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Olsen and Johnson, stage comedians turned film stars, produce a star-studded musical comedy with an eccentric "millionaire" who hasn't got a dime.

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  • Cass Daley in Crazy House (1943)
  • Chic Johnson and Ole Olsen in Crazy House (1943)
  • Cass Daley, Chic Johnson, Martha O'Driscoll, and Ole Olsen in Crazy House (1943)
  • Cass Daley, Chic Johnson, and Ole Olsen in Crazy House (1943)
  • Chic Johnson and Ole Olsen in Crazy House (1943)
  • Count Basie, Sally De Marco, Tony De Marco, Marion Hutton, Chic Johnson, Paula Kelly, Martha O'Driscoll, Ole Olsen, and The Modernaires in Crazy House (1943)

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18 April 2007 | blanche-2
5
| Bizarre B musical
I just saw this film in NYC at the Film Forum, where it was introduced by a nephew of Billy Gilbert, who has a small part in the film.

It was one wild ride.

The audience enjoyed the film thoroughly for what it is, a B movie musical starring Olsen & Johnson that is insane. The comedy duo has to break into Universal in order to make a film there, since no one wants them - in fact, a secretary, on learning who they are, jumps into her desk - we got to see that bit twice because the film broke. If you want to call the plot a plot, O & J run into difficulties getting financing for their film and, faced with huge debts, decide to auction it to the highest bidder. The film they make is awfully short.

Some of O & J's bits are quite funny and others are of the groan variety. There are many familiar faces in the film - Patric Knowles, Percy Kilbride, Hans Conried, Thomas Gomez, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, and some funny cameos by Universal stars in the beginning of the movie when they realize Olsen & Johnson are in the building - Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes, Nigel Bruce, Alan Curtis, Leo Carrillo. Allan Jones sings "The Donkey Serenade," the De Marcos dance, and the end of the film within a film is a huge musical number done by The Glenn Miller Singers, Count Basie's Orchestra, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Leighton Noble's orchestra, and Chandra Kaly's Dancers.

"Crazy House" has a great deal of energy and is a real oddity. It was fun to watch, but I don't think I'd want to watch it again.

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