Hellzapoppin' ★★★★

This is one of the, maybe even the most creative slapstick comedy of the classic Hollywood era, that I've ever seen, simply in terms of gag-absurdity. There are others with better and sometimes even more jokes, but I can't think of any other movie from that time, that is so random in its kitchen sink approach.

HELLZAPOPPIN' would be a perfect masterpiece of meta humor, if too many moments in its 2nd half weren't too "normal". Around the middle part is a long stretch, where the movie becomes the kind that it's making fun of, with long musical scenes and even scenes of a love triangle, that are played mostly straight.

But for the big finale, the movie pulls itself together and throws one piece of weirdness after another at the screen.
#028 in 2017