Hellzapoppin'

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

Crazy as hell, at 100 miles an hour, loaded with sight gags that sometimes work and sometimes fall as flat as a burned pancake; but the feeling is surprisingly contemporary. The story begins in Purgatory, with Olsen and Johnson jumping in and out of a story that's barely there, basically a little romance tale of poor boy meets rich girl and wins her heart...read more

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Crazy as hell, at 100 miles an hour, loaded with sight gags that sometimes work and sometimes fall as flat as a burned pancake; but the feeling is surprisingly contemporary. The story begins in Purgatory, with Olsen and Johnson jumping in and out of a story that's barely there, basically a

little romance tale of poor boy meets rich girl and wins her heart after putting on the traditional show. O. and J. constantly argue with the film's director and cameraman on camera about the restraints put upon them while mindless mayhem ensues--someone constantly yelling "Jones!" for no good

reason; Auer, a rich count, chasing Martha Raye about madly, and vice versa. At one point a film director, Lane, tells the madcaps Olson and Johnson: "This is Hollywood; we change everything here. We've got to!" If it's not as immortal as the Marx Brothers' best work, it's definitely admirable in

its cutting edge risk.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Crazy as hell, at 100 miles an hour, loaded with sight gags that sometimes work and sometimes fall as flat as a burned pancake; but the feeling is surprisingly contemporary. The story begins in Purgatory, with Olsen and Johnson jumping in and out of a stor… (more)

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