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Hellzapoppin

Olsen and Johnson’s “screamlined revue” de-scribed by one drama critic as a “demented vaudeville brawl.” [Am.Theater: Misc.]
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The kind of clientele who came to frequent the sawdust gambling joints of the desert oasis of Las Vegas 70 years ago didn't mind running into the occasional cowboy with a sidearm, back when the biggest event in town was the horseback Hellzapoppin' Rodeo & Parade.
And at times it is a struggle with the Hellzapoppin' frenzy banging around on a stage intermittently screaming with high decibel rap music to work out exactly what is going on.
Falls noted that Act 3 has "so many exits and entrances, so many people coming and going, that at times it feels like Hellzapoppin'."
His movies are hellzapoppin' comic nightmares populated by a rogues' gallery of freaks.
It would have been most improbable for the young comedian, a real student of all stage acts, not to be aware of Bunny's touring three-hour epic--seemingly a precursor cross between the zany disjointed Olsen & Johnson's "Hellzapoppin'" (1941) and television's "Rowan & Martin's LaughIn" (1968-73).
1 was utterly dumbfounded when, after moving to the States and arriving at the Johns Flopkins University in Baltimore, I found out that no one there had ever heard of any of these brilliant inventors (just as no one had ever heard of the 1941 film Hellzapoppin', a cult classic in France ever since it was first shown after the Liberation).
There was a play on Broadway called Hellzapoppin' and I thought at the time that would be appropriate.
Even twenty years ago, I worried about the gentrification of postmodernism's more consequential challenges--the sacrifice of a deconstructive edge for hellzapoppin' eclecticism--and that gentrification has transpired.
If you want to see a good example of non-linearity at work, watch Hellzapoppin' (1941).
Preston Sturges doesn't qualify as a precedent, either--nobody in this picture has the vocabulary--and the Hellzapoppin' tradition is positively genteel compared with this stuff.
IN BRIEF In this hellzapoppin' film adaptation of his hard-rocking off-Broadway hit, John Cameron Mitchell rifles as German-born Kansas trailer-park divorcee and singer Hedwig, survivor of a botched sex-change operation and several ill-fated affairs.