Spotlight on Olsen & Johnson - Friday, April 8th
Before that, Olsen and Johnson made three movies for Warner Bros., beginning with Oh, Sailor Behave (1930). Next was Fifty Million Frenchmen (1931), a screen version of Cole Porter's Broadway musical -- with all the songs removed! Olsen and Johnson play detectives hired to make sure a wealthy man doesn't win his bet that he can successfully woo a beautiful girl without revealing his riches. In the process the guys tangle with a lusty tourist (Helen Broderick) and a mind-reading magician (Bela Lugosi). In the final Warners outing, Gold Dust Gertie (1931), Winnie Lightner plays a woman who marries Johnson, then divorces him to marry (and divorce) Olsen. Later happily married to others, the two must contend with a mutual ex-wife who pursues both in search of alimony.
After the success of Hellzapoppin', Olsen and Johnson made three more films for Universal, the last being See My Lawyer (1945). The two finished out their joint career on stage, with occasional appearances on television.
The films in TCM's salute to Olsen and Johnson are Gold Dust Gertie (1931) and Fifty Million Frenchmen (1931).
by Roger Fristoe