Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Fantasy / Film

Hellzapoppin’ (1941)

“Anything can happen and it probably will” the opening number of H.C. Potter’s wild and endlessly inventive musical informs us, And they’re not wrong. Based on a long-running Broadway musical revue starring comedians Olsen and Johnson (John “Ole” Olsen and Harold “Chic” Johnson) who transfer over to this film version, it’s a free-wheeling series of … Continue reading

Dumbo (1941)
Animation / Fantasy

Dumbo (1941)

Disney’s fourth animated feature film was born of a need to cut some financial corners following the box office disappointment of Pinocchio (1940) and particularly Fantasia (1940). The latter two films had suffered due to the outbreak of war, the loss of earnings from the European market making a sizeable dent in the company’s balance … Continue reading