There's the thinnest thread of a romantic story, but it's incidental to Olsen and Johnson's  stage formula for Hellzapoppin'.
There’s the thinnest thread of a romantic story, but it’s incidental to Olsen and Johnson’s  stage formula for Hellzapoppin’.
The yarn itself can be summed up in a few words: the rich girl in love with the poor boy, who in turn doesn’t want to cross his rich pal, favored by the girl’s socially conscious parents. The poor boy stages a charity show for the girl, and his stagehand pals (O&J) think they can save him from the girl, by lousing it up.
One of the picture’s saving graces is the originality of presentation of screwball comedy. The business of O&J talking from the screen to the comic projectionist (Shemp Howard) is one such detail; ditto the slide bit telling a kid in the audience, ‘Stinky go home’, with Jane Frazee and Robert Paige interrupting a duet until Stinky finally leaves.
Don Raye and Gene De Paul have contributed several nice songs for this film. There are some lavish production numbers [choreographed by Nick Castle and Edward Prinz] . Jules Levey (Mayfair), producer, was obviously unstinting.
1942: Nomination: Best Song (‘Pig Foote Pete’)