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633 Ratings


Directed by H.C. Potter
United States, 1941
Cult, Comedy


Based on the Broadway hit of the same name, this comedy finds Ole and Chic trying to organize a musical show at a lavish estate. They run into problems when the show’s producer, Jeff, falls in love with estate resident Kitty and has to compete with her fiancé.

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Hellzapoppin' Directed by H.C. Potter

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1943 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Song

Critics reviews

Hellzapoppin’ finds Olsen and Johnson wandering in and out of a musical comedy that’s seems to be on the verge of falling apart and tussling with such comedy ringers as Martha Raye and Mischa Auer, the latter cast as a real Russian nobleman who’s trying to pass as a fake Russian nobleman. It’s like a Marx Brothers movie playing at triple speed; it eludes easy summary—it’s a real “you have to see it to believe it” kind of movie—and often stretches the limits of the Production Code.
November 20, 2014
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This is what happens when a Broadway show that was basically vaudeville gets made into a film. Disconnected and thin on plot, this is nevertheless a cinematic plum… Despite failing to capture the mythic energy of the stage show with which it shares a name, HELLZAPOPPIN’ still pleases almost 70 years later.
January 22, 2010
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Very belatedly the movie gets around to telling a spare musical-comedy story (with swell numbers by Martha Raye and the jazz duo of Slim Gaillard and “Slam” Stewart, and some very acrobatic jitterbugging), but the main bill of fare is manic nonsense that almost makes the Marx Brothers look sober.
January 21, 2005
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