Crazy House (found comedy film; 1943)

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VHS cover.

Status: Lost

Crazy House was a 1943 comedy film written by Robert Lees and Frederic I. Rinaldo, directed by Edward F. Cline, and released by Universal Studios.[1] It featured comedic-duo Olsen and Johnson and was originally released in the USA on October 8th, 1943 (May 22nd, 1944 in Sweden and July 31st, 1950 in Denmark). The film had quite a star-studded cast for the time, featuring talent such as Shemp Howard, Richard Lane, Allan Jones, and Robert Paige among many others.[2]


The movie stars Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson as themselves, returning to Hollywood after three years on Broadway. Upon visiting Universal Studios, however, they do not get a warm welcome, as their names alone wreaks havoc within the studio, with people screaming in terror should the duo introduce themselves to them. Despite this set back, they see it fit to not give up on returning to the movie scene, as they eventually run into an assistant director from their first film, Edmund MacLean, who was fired from the studio. With him as their director along with "volunteer" talent, Olsen and Johnson soon begin to make a film on their own.


The film has had limited releases on home media. In 2005, a company known as Nostalgic Family Value, who also released films such as 3 of a Kind and Trouble Chasers, released the film on VHS. However, the tapes are now very rare and, since there hasn't been an official DVD release of Crazy House, the film is consequently hard to find. The only footage online as of now is a trailer for the film.

However, in 2003, the Trio Network had an event hosted by Quentin Tarantino where he selected 12 films he liked (one of them being Crazy House) to be broadcast across several days to celebrate the then-upcoming release of Kill Bill Vol. 1.[3] Crazy House was shown on Oct. 9th at 6 PM along with Hi Diddle Diddle after it. It's possible this event was recorded by people, but little footage of the event is online as of now.




  1. AFI entry on the film. Retrieved 11 Nov '16.
  2. IMDb page. Retrieved 11 Nov '16.
  3. Article on the Trio Network event. Retrieved Nov. 11 '16.