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Does anyone know the name, or better yet, have a copy of the film/movie with Hardeen? I ran across this info awhile back and I figure I ask here.

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Kevin
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I have no information on Hardeen being in a Film/Movie. if you know the Title of the movie it might Help.
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Don't know the title. Anyway, sometimes titles hurt more than help. Smile Case in point, the Houdini movie, Soul Of Bronze. We have a title, but no movie.

All I know is was made by Fox Studios. It could be one of their newsreels.
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Kevin,

Ever see the one with Bess Houdini? Great little movie.

Shawn
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Two different names for the Movie the Bess was in but its the same Movie Religious Racketeers (1939) .... Mme. Houdini
... aka Mystic Circle Murder (USA: reissue title)
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Thanks! I have it here...somewhere, but couldn't think of the name! I must be slipping. Smile
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According to hardeen, he had some sort of contract with Warners, and made several movies. This would have been in the late 20s.
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I never heard that about Warner's and Hardeen. It's amazing that there is no or little information on it. These two must have been magicians. Smile
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The name "Hellzapoppin" seems to ring a bell with me. This was a Vaudeville movie and I seem to recall that Hardeeen was one of the magicians on the movie. I may be totally wrong, but I think it's worth investigating.

MH

Just did a search on "Hellzapoppin" with no real result. This was originally a 1938 Broadway madcap slapstick stage production, and Hardeen may have been one of many in it's run. I just seem to think he was in the 1941 movie version somehow, but according to the cast list, no.

You've now got me thinking.....

MH
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Hi Mick,

Hellzapoppin is a 1941 film staring Shemp Howard of the famed 3 Stooges.
A direct from text adaptation : The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Starring Mickey Rooney in his final role.
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Hardeen was definitely in the stage version of Hellzapoppin, doing a running escape gag (with a straitjacket I believe). As for the movie...?

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Here's where I bought the movie from NFV

On a side not I thought Mystic Circle Mystery was pretty good for a low budget farce.

BTW great use of IMDB to find it Don.

Shawn
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Thanks Stephen, I'm glad I'm not going mad. I knew there was a connection somewhere with Hardeen and Helzapoppin

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The actual routine was, as someone more informed told me, Hardeen was straitjacketed and went into the wild, rolling-on-the-floor struggles. After a few moments, the curtain closed on him and the MC moved on to something else. Periodically the MC would comment on seeing how the great escape king was doing, and they would open the curtain briefly to see Hardeen still struggling away madly. This gag would be repeated through the show. When Hardeen finally came out free and holding the jacket, his other arm was tucked inside his shirt, with a stuffed sleeve and fake hand dangling down almost to the floor like the arm was horrendously dislocated.

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Anyone know if this is available in the states here on tape/dvd. also what name did Hardeen use when he made Movies ?
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In the copies of the programe I have for Hallzapopin, hardeen is the feature for a bit called "A night in magicland". And surviving photos show him in a persian type get up with turban. He and Olsen and Jonson do fairly straight forward magic, although Olie and Chic would lampoon the effects. Hardeen was prevented from being in the movie version and I think that it was because it was a Universal picture and he was still contracted to Warners.
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Seems like a long time to be under contract from the 20's to 40's and we never saw/heard of him in a movie. Where does Fox fit in?
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My contact may have been confusing Hardeens stint in Hellzapoppin with the sick-humor production, "Stroke of Midnight"(name?), a Cincinnati-exclusive skit-play which might have featured the straitjacket routine described.
That's the price of sorting out second-hand info.
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It is my belief that Hardeen motion pictures may have been newsreel clips. Maybe the occasional bridge jump or some such thing. I don't have anay info on him being in a scripted movie.
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Hi.....Yes, Universal Pictures did the movie Hellzapoppin in 1941. It was a film staring Shemp Howard of the 3 Stooges. I do not think Hardeen was featured in it but there is a connection to Houdini/Hardeen. Shemp Howard was one of Moe's brothers and on June 7, 1925, Moe married Helen Schonberger, who was a cousin of Harry Houdini.
I will try to talk with Moes daughter Joan and see if she recalls any stories about Houdini. She was born a few years after he died, but could have spent time with Hardeen.
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