Crazy House


1h 20m 1943

Film Details

Also Known As
They're All Crazy
Release Date
Oct 8, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,222ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Vaudevillians Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson stage a parade down Hollywood and Vine to announce their return to Hollywood after three years on Broadway in Sons of Fun . At their studio, Universal, hysteria breaks out at the mere thought of their return. In spite of the studio's tight security, Ole and Chic manage to get onto the lot and into the offices of executive producer N. G. Wagstaff. Although they have a two-picture deal with Universal, Wagstaff informs Ole and Chic that the studio will not make their second picture, as most of the staff, who dread the vaudevillians's antics, has threatened to quit if they return to the lot. As they are leaving the studio, the duo run into Edmund "Mac" MacLean, an assistant director on their first film, who tells them that he, too, has been fired by the studio. Ole and Chic then decide to make their next picture independently, with Mac as the director, by stealing stars off the Universal lot and using financing from an as-yet-found "angel." They mistakenly think they have signed Cass Daley to star in their film, but instead have signed her double, Sadie Silverfish. The new filmmakers then go to the Studio Rental Corp. for film and equipment, and the owners agree to rent them everything they want, in the hopes of fleecing them. Later, at the Ambassador Hotel, Ole and Chic meet Colonel Cornelius Merriweather, who claims to be a multi-millionaire and offers to finance completely their picture, but who is actually a penniless kook. Ole and Chic then decide to cast the film with unknown performers, instead of expensive stars. They discover a waitress named Margie Nelson and decide to cast her in the female lead, but when they have her perform on a radio show, the show's star, Johnny, offers her a radio contract. With a $750,000 promissory note from Merriweather, however, they are able to sign Margie, as well as singers, dancers and a band. As filming begins, Sadie shows up on the set with her lawyer, who insists that the stand-in has a valid contract and must be used in the film. The filmmakers then decide to torture Sadie with inhuman rehearsals until she quits. Their plan succeeds, but when the real Cass Daley arrives on the set in support of her cousin, they mistakenly torture the star. In the midst of filming, Hanley and the other owners of Studio Rental come to Ole and Chic, demanding their money, at which time the two vaudevillians discover the truth about Merriweather. Hanley, however, allows them to finish the film, as he plans to assume ownership on the picture upon its completion. After fifty-four days of shooting, the film is completed, and Hanley arrives with his lawyers and legally attaches the film. The filmmakers are then forced to go to court, where Ole, Chic and Mac argue that they can sell the film for $1,000,000. The judge agrees to give them one week in which to come up with Hanley's money, so the three plan a special preview of the film for various studio executives. On the night of the preview, however, only the first reel arrives, as the film has been held up in processing by Hanley. Ole, Chic and the other performers then put on an old-fashioned vaudeville show, while Mac acquires the remainder of the film. After the movie is over, Ole and Chic trick Wagstaff into buying the film, and Hanley and his partners are defeated. When Mac and Margie attempt to reconcile, Chic opens fire with a machine gun, stating that this is "one movie without a happy ending."

Cast

Ole Olsen

Himself

Chic Johnson

Himself

Cass Daley

Sadie [Silverfish/Herself]

Patric Knowles

[Edmund] Mac [MacLean]

Martha O'driscoll

Margie [Nelson, also known as Windingham]

Leighton Noble

Johnny

Thomas Gomez

[N. G.] Wagstaff

Percy Kilbride

Colonel [Cornelius] Merriweather

Hans Conried

Roco

Richard Lane

Hanley

Andrew Tombes

[Horace L.] Gregory

Billy Gilbert

[Sid Drake] Stone

Chester Clute

Fud

Edgar Kennedy

Judge

Franklin Pangborn

Hotel clerk

Shemp Howard

Mumbo

Fred Sanborn

Jumbo

Tony De Marco

Sally De Marco

Marion Hutton

The Glenn Miller Singers

Chandra Kaly

The Delta Rhythm Boys

Count Basie

Nick Cochrane's Musical Cowhands

Ramsay Ames

Allan Jones

Johnny Mack Brown

Leo Carrillo

Nigel Bruce

Dr. Watson

Alan Curtis

Andy Devine

Robert Paige

Basil Rathbone

Sherlock Holmes

Edgar Barrier

Grace Mcdonald

Lon Chaney [jr.]

Gale Sondergaard

Turhan Bey

Louise Allbritton

Evelyn Ankers

Five Hertzogs

Ward And Van

Layson Brothers

Dorothy Jarnac

Specialty dancer

Sol Haines

Dancer

Bud Lawler

Dancer

Bob Locke Lorraine

Dancer

Jack Barnett

Dancer

Jim Rushing

Mr. 5 by 5

Ray Blatherwick

Rope spinner

Joe Mole

Bicycle rider

Douglas Wood

Studio executive

Paul Mcvey

Studio executive

Fred Niblo

Studio executive

Joseph Crehan

Mogey

Robert E. Keane

Lawyer

John Hamilton

Director

Ray Walker

Announcer

Jack Norton

Drunk

Charles Middleton

Sheriff

George Beatty

Theater manager

Andrew Mayo

Two man horse

Florence Mayo

Two man horse

Jacqueline Dalya

Baby Sandy, grown-up

Emmett Vogan

Broker

Fred Towne

Impersonator

Ezelle Poule

Impersonator

Ben Frommer

Impersonator

Jack Rice

Dentist

Eddie Kane

Bixby

Bobby Barber

Bald-headed man/director

Eddie Ennis

Butcher

Frank Penny

Fireman

Jerry Mandy

Bank robber

Billy Bletcher

Policeman

Frank Hagney

Policeman

Lane Chandler

Policeman

Lew Kelly

Policeman

Jon Gilbreath

Policeman

Earle Hodgins

Barker

Virgil Summers

Grip

Robert Barron

Beachcomber

Tiny Newlan

Strong man

Sammy Stein

"Dead End" character

Duke York

"Dead End" character

Gene Stutenroth

"Dead End" character

James Dime

"Dead End" character

Tiny Ward

"Dead End" character

Jimmy Aubrey

Stooge

Jimmy Lucas

Stooge

Eddie Polo

Stooge

Francis Sayles

Stooge

Joseph Bernard

Car owner/Swiss bellringer

Stanley Lawson

Skinny man

Harry Powers

Waiter specialty

Dippy Diers

Specialty

Harold Degarro

Stilt-walker

Red Smith

Musical plumber

Charles Dorety

Duck hunter

George Gray

Fireman/Stooge

Heinie Conklin

Keystone Kop

Hank Mann

Keystone Kop

Spec O'donnell

Bellhop

Emmett Smith

Butler

Charles Morton

Doorman

William Healy

Makeup man

Patsy Mace

Girl

Mary Gail

Girl

Virginia Gardner

Girl

Pierre Watkin

Film Details

Also Known As
They're All Crazy
Release Date
Oct 8, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7,222ft (9 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was They're All Crazy. Early Hollywood Reporter news items state that Universal producer Alex Gottlieb was not only set to produce this film, but also was going to write the screenplay based on a treatment by Robert Lees and Fred Rinaldo, which had been approved by Universal and performers Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson. It has not been determined if Gottlieb contributed in any way to the released film. According to Hollywood Reporter, the film's finale was shot with the use of two film crews, one directed by Edward F. Cline, the other directed by associate producer Erle C. Kenton. Hollywood Reporter also reported that actress Cass Daley was borrowed by Universal from Paramount for this film.
       Hollywood Reporter production charts include Moroni Olsen and Bobby Brooks in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Actors Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce appear in this film as the characters "Sherlock Holmes" and "Dr. Watson," whom they had portrayed in numerous Universal pictures. According to modern sources, their scene in this film was filmed on the set of their 1944 film Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman .