O-Kay for Sound, 1937
Released in 1937: The smash hit stage show featuring the legendary Crazy Gang from the London Palladium brought to the big screen in 1937.
Directed by Marcel Varnel
Written by Marriott Edgar, Val Guest, Bert Lee and R.P. Weston.
The Actors: Jimmy Nervo (Cecil), Teddy Knox (Teddy), Bud Flanagan (Bud), Chesney Allen (Ches), Charlie Naughton (Charlie), Jimmy Naughton (Jimmy), Patricia Bowman (dancer), Peter Dawson (singer), Fred Duprez (Hyman Goldberger), Jan Gotch (all-in wrestler), H.F. Maltby (John Rigby), Meinhart Maur (Guggenheimer), Graham Moffat (Albert, page boy), Louis Pergantes (all-in wrestler), The Sherman Fisher Girls (dancers), Enid Stamp-Taylor (Jill Smith, secretary), Eugene Cozier (unknown), Louis Levy (conductor).
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When I was fresh out of college and determined not to be a preacher like my dad, I got a job at the U.S. Steel rolling mills in McDonald, Ohio. I was a bricklayer helper, delivering and passing brick one by one to the bricklayers as they crawled inside the furnaces to repair the brickwork that comprised the walls, ceiling and floors. At lunch time we all gathered in the small bricklayer room to eat lunch and gab a bit, and sometimes play a bit of Pinochle. My partner for games of Pinochle was Jimmy D., a bricklayer in his 50's who loved to spend his vacations in Las Vegas. He always brought back fascinating stories of his Vegas adventures, and the best stories usually revolved around the Las Vegas 'Rat Pack' and their stage shows at the Sands. The Vegas Rat Pack consisted of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. They performed for many years at the Sands Hotel to sold out audiences, blending rehearsed jokes and bits with improvisational humor that was different every show. Those shows were the stuff of legends, but this isn't the first and only famous team of comedians thaw wowed a nation. In 1930's Britain six stage comedians played to sold out audiences at the London Palladium. They were known as The Crazy Gang, and in addition to their legendary live performances they made several motion pictures together. This movie is basically a motion picture version of their stage act, complete with the support acts that filled out their stage shows. Thanks to the invention of motion pictures, you can experience today what it would have been like to attend one of their sold out performances at the Palladium. Just pop a bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled on it and imagine that you are in the standing room only audience at the famed Palladium, with the best seat in the house.
The Crazy Gang
Chesney Allen and Bud Flanagan
Chesney Allen doing a cowboy sketch
Enid Stamp-Taylor and Fred Duprez
Peter Dawson singing
Teddy Knox as a British wrestling match announcer
Teddy Knox as an American fight announcer
Teddy Knox pretending to be an American ring-side fight announcer
The Crazy Gang in 1937
The Radio Three, singing in O-Kay for Sound