|Starring:||Elisha Cook, Robert Paige, Chic Johnson, Hugh Herbert, Martha Raye, Ole Olsen|
|Studio:||SECOND SIGHT FILMS LTD.|
|Run time:||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Feb 2007|
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Ye Gods!By Zaroff (53 reviews) from Hay on Wye , 25 Feb 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Remarkable piece of comedy, equally surprising piece of cinema. Despite the similarities many may draw twixt Marx Brothers, The Crazy Gang and even Three Stooges, this stands unique as the fastest & most amazing piece of madness in any era, with a humourous consistency in its deliberate chaos.
Why does it work? There is no let up, no pausing for breath, but for the occasional musical interlude, which more often than not is ridiculed or reflected upon, reminiscent of Daffy Duck! In short, the zany pace rattles along throughout, without the mistiming that marrs many similarly aged works. So it feels much like Monty Python played with Tex Avery or Looney Tunes, with a suggestion of many other names that came later.
The almost post-modern observations of the film itself, by those within the film, and of the set-pieces themselves sail by, without losing momentum. Indeed, there is little more in this world as gratifying than the scenarios of Slim & Slam, with an array of amazing dancers & other intrumentalists literally stopping the show with some beautiful & stunning work.
A 'comedy musical' does not fully describe the delightful, frenetic delerium than ensues when immersing in the surreality of this marvelous marvel. An all round nostalgic & yet timeless delight from start to finish. If life were this hectic we would need to be a cartoon.
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Don't miss thisBy a customer , 05 Apr 2013One of the comedy greats of all time ... I saw it several times in the fifties, I think, and it still makes me really laugh.
Hell watching HellapoppinBy a customer , 07 Jan 2012Unwatchable nonsense. Dull, crass, stupid, predictable, about the worst film I have seen so far. Only the dance scene was worth watching.
Bit hit and missBy brokenking (268 reviews) from Bristol , 04 Feb 2010For an old war time comedy this has not dated as much as I would have thought. The jokes can be a bit hit a miss, or have influenced more contempoary comedians so much that the gags no longer feel fresh. What plot there is, makes sense but also manages to be very odd. One of the characters is a millionaire European prince/or the like, and wants to simply pretend that he is a millionaire European prince/or whatever, this is only one character the others aren't that confusing but you can guess how much any of this will make sense.
When the film works it does to great effect, but in the slower pieces you realise how long ago this film was made.
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At long last I've seen itBy jonny2hats (16 reviews) from yorkshire , 15 Oct 2009have wanted to see Hellzapoppin since the early 80s when i first heard of it but somehow never got round to it.And although I thought I was gonna get royally cheesed off with the actress who keeps shouting 'OSCAR!!' in the opening scenes,the rest of the film more than makes up for it. After all, even the best of the Marx Bros films contain some less than entertaining segments. How would you describe this film? words like madcap or anarchic spring to mind, but I really like it becuase its bloody silly with a star peformance from Martha Raye, and of course that ultra athletic lindy hop sequence. makes you wonder who it has had an influence on...Monty Python? The Mighty Boosh?Ah well, who cares, just rent it and enjoy a true classic.
One of the most...By cynthiainherts (27 reviews) from Herts, UK , 02 Aug 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]...twisted and madcap films I've ever seen (one could almost see someone like John Waters attempting to remake it...)
I got it in order to see the famous Lindy Hop dance scene (great!), and was surprised to see the story surrounding it something like a long, but even more bizarre, Three Stooges short (and I'm not just saying that because this film includes the 4th stooge!).
It was fun to see Martha Raye young and looking/behaving like something out of a Tex Avery cartoon.
I would recommend it to those up for something really kooky and quirky!