Crazy House (1943 film)
Crazy House is a 1943 comedy film starring Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson as Broadway stars who return to Universal Studios to make another movie. The mere mention of Olsen and Johnson's names evacuates the studio and terrorizes the management and personnel. Undaunted, the comedians hire an assistant director and unknown talent, and set out to make their own movie. Financed by an eccentric "angel" (Percy Kilbride), the completed feature is set to premiere when angry creditors confiscate most of the film. Olsen and Johnson keep the preview going, anyway, and their venture is a success.
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|Directed by||Edward F. Cline|
Frederic I. Rinaldo
|Music by||George Hale|
|Cinematography||Charles Van Enger|
|Edited by||Arthur Hilton|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1 million (US rentals)|
Crazy House is notable for its impressive cast of supporting comedians (Percy Kilbride, Cass Daley, Shemp Howard, Edgar Kennedy, Franklin Pangborn, Billy Gilbert, Richard Lane, Andrew Tombes, Chester Clute, and Hans Conried) and guest stars under contract to Universal at the time (Allan Jones, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Robert Paige, Leo Carrillo, Johnny Mack Brown, Andy Devine).
- Ole Olsen as Himself
- Chic Johnson as Himself
- Cass Daley as Herself/Sadie Silverfish
- Martha O'Driscoll as Marjorie Nelson, alias Marjorie Wyndingham
- Patric Knowles as Edmund 'Mac' MacLean
- Percy Kilbride as Col. Cornelius Merriweather
- Hans Conried as Roco
- Leighton Noble as Himself
- Richard Lane as Hanley
- Thomas Gomez as N.G. Wagstaff
- Billy Gilbert as Sid Drake
- Edgar Kennedy as Judge
- Andrew Tombes as Horace L. Gregory
- Chester Clute as Fud
- Franklin Pangborn as Hotel clerk
- Shemp Howard as Mumbo
- Fred Sanborn as Jumbo
- Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing and Thelma Carpenter
- Ray Walker as Radio Host at Drive-In
- James Dime as dead end character
- "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
- "James Dime". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 24, 2018.