Hellzapoppin'

A genuinely bizarre oddity, this madcap comedy is fascinating not only for its many very funny moments, but also for the way it includes, amid the material taken directly from the original stage revue, various purely cinematic gags which are surprisingly modern in tone and significance. The fact that Olsen and Johnson's revue-style material dispenses with plot, creating instead an almost Monty Pythonesque series of loosely, lunatically linked vignettes (many of them parodies of Hollywood clich├ęs, such as Elisha Cook invariably getting filled with lead), allows them to ignore realism and play around with the medium itself: at one point the stars have problems with the careless projectionist screening the film out of rack, upside-down, etc. Although lacking the satirical edge of the Marx Brothers, Hellzapoppin' frequently outstrips the works of Groucho and Co in terms of speed, imagination and sheer craziness.

Release details

Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: HC Potter
Screenwriter: Nat Perrin, Warren Wilson
Cast: Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson
Martha Raye
Mischa Auer
Hugh Herbert
Elisha Cook Jr
Jane Frazee
Robert Paige

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Rob J

A truly unique film. A massive influence on Monty Python, The Mighty Boosh, Mel Brooks , Spongebob Squarepants, "The Naked Gun" etc. The fact that it was made in 1941 makes it all the more impressive !. If you want to see a cutting edge movie, look no further. The seven decades since its' original has done nothing to diminish its' originality. Beg,borrow or steal.....

Rob J

A truly unique film. A massive influence on Monty Python, The Mighty Boosh, Mel Brooks , Spongebob Squarepants, "The Naked Gun" etc. The fact that it was made in 1941 makes it all the more impressive !. If you want to see a cutting edge movie, look no further. The seven decades since its' original has done nothing to diminish its' originality. Beg,borrow or steal.....