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Crazy House (1943)
Starring Olsen and Johnson

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Olsen and Johnson's follow-up to their zany, iconoclastic Hellzapoppin' was the more conventional Crazy House. The premise: Having nearly laid waste to Universal while filming Hellzapoppin', O & J are thrown out of the studio when they arrive with plans for a new picture. Only momentarily daunted, our heroes decide to produce the film themselves, renting a studio and hiring carhop Margie (Martha O'Driscoll) as their leading lady. The success of this plan hinges upon an "angel", self-proclaimed millionaire Col. Merriweather (Percy Kilbride), who promises to advance the money for the new film. Things get sticky when the Colonel turns out to be a balmy eccentric with nary a cent to his name. After a wild courtroom trial presided over by ever-scowling Edgar Kennedy, it is decided that Olsen and Johnson will be permitted to screen their new film before a gathering of Hollywood studio executives, with distribution rights going to the highest bidder. The finale devolves into frantic slapstick when the last reel of the film turns up missing (a plot device later utilized in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie). Though Crazy House gets off to a suitably wacky start-when word arrives at Universal that Olsen and Johnson are coming, barricades are set up and armed guards posted, while every studio contractee from Leo Carrillo to "Sherlock Holmes" (Basil Rathbone) and "Dr. Watson" (Nigel Bruce) brace themselves for the comedians' invasion-the film quickly settles into a standard musical-comedy groove, complete with such guest stars as Allan Jones, Count Basie, the Delta Rhythm Boys and the Glenn Miller Singers. Still, there are plenty of hilarious moments along the way, most of them handled by raucous comedienne Cass Daley, playing a dual role. And there's seldom been a more satisfying movie finale than the last gag of Crazy House, which literally disposes of tiresome romantic leads Martha O'Driscoll and Patric Knowles.
Director: Edward F. Cline
Writers: Robert Lees, Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay)

Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Cass Daley, Patric Knowles, Martha O'Driscoll, Leighton Noble, Thomas Gomez, Percy Kilbride, Hans Conried, Richard Lane, Franklin Pangborn
Songs include:

Jealous
Lyrics by Tommie Malie and Dick Finch
Music by Jack Little
Sung by Martha O'Driscoll (dubbed by Martha Tilton)

My Song Without Words
Lyrics by John La Touche
Music by Vernon Duke
Performed by Leighton Noble and his Orchestra
Also sung by Marion Hutton with The Modernaires

Moonlight Serenade
Music by Glenn Miller
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Sung by Marion Hutton with The Modernaires

Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?
Written by Charles Warfield and Clarence Williams
Sung by Marion Hutton with The Modernaires

I'll See You in My Dreams
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Marion Hutton with The Modernaires

My Rainbow Song
Written by Mitchell Parish, Matty Malneck and Frank Signorelli
Sung by Martha O'Driscoll
Accompanied by Leighton Noble and his Orchestra and Marion Hutton with The Modernaires

Tropicana
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by Ramsay Ames and Her Tropicanans
Also performed by Count Basie and His Orchestra, and uncredited dancers
Also danced by Tony De Marco and Sally De Marco

Someday I'll Dream Again
Written by Irving Bibo and Al Piantadosi
Sung by Martha O'Driscoll

The Donkey Serenade
Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Allan Jones

Get On Board, Little Children
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by the Delta Rhythm Boys

Pocketful O' Pennies
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Music by Franz Steininger
Performed by just about all the leads and guest stars

Lament of a Laundry Girl
Music by Dan Shapiro and Lester Lee
Lyrics by Jerry Seelen
Performed by Cass Daley

I Oughta Dance
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Additional Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Music by Saul Chaplin
Danced by Tony De Marco and Sally De Marco

Rigoletto Blues
Music based on the "Quartet" from "Rigoletto"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by the Delta Rhythm Boys
Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce are playing themselves, seen on the Universal studio lot. They call each other "Holmes" and "Watson" as a joke because they were currently playing these characters in Universal movies.
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.
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.
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.
Order this rarely-seen and hard-to-find classic today for the low price of $5.99.
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