Love Crazy (1941)

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William Powell and Myrna Loy re-team for this (literally) crazy screwball comedy about a happily married couple who, thanks to a visit from mother, find their marriage on the rocks and the husband committed to a mental institution. Poised to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary, Steven (William Powell) and Susan Ireland (Myrna Loy) find their domestic bliss shattered by a visit from Susan's mother (Florence Bates). Susan's mother sprains her ankle and extends her visit, just in time to draw the wrong conclusions when her son-in-law pays a friendly visit to his old girlfriend Isobel (Gail Patrick). Susan's mother eavesdrops and reports it all to Susan, who in a jealous rage tries to make Steven jealous. But she winds up being chased through the hallway of her apartment building by half-naked archery enthusiast Ward Willoughby (Jack Carson). The couple agree on a divorce, but Steven then has second thoughts. On the advice of his lawyer, George Renny (Sidney Blackmer), Steven pretends he is insane, since the law prohibits Susan from divorcing him if Steven is mentally ill. Unfortunately, Susan is wise to his charade and has him committed to an asylum.

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Cast

Myrna Loy
as Susan Ireland
William Powell
as Steven Ireland
Gail Patrick
as Isobel Grayson
Jack Carson
as Ward Willoughby
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Cooper
Sidney Blackmer
as George Hennie
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Bristol
Sig Rumann
as Dr. Wuthering
Donald MacBride
as "Pinky" Grayson
Sara Haden
as Cecilia Landis
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Elevator Boy
Jimmy Ames
as Taxi Driver
Barbara Bedford
as Secretary
Jay Eaton
as Guest
Ian Wolfe
as Doctor
Roy Gordon
as Doctor
William Tannen
as Attendant
Jack Mulhall
as Court Clerk
Joan Barclay
as Telephone Operator
Harry Strang
as Sergeant
Wade Boteler
as Captain of Detectives
Edward Peil Sr.
as Detective
Dick Allen
as Detective
Eddie Hart
as Detective
Kai Robinson
as Detective
George Lollier
as Detective
James Millican
as Detective
Paul Palmer
as Detective
Pat Gleason
as Detective
Jim Pierce
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Love Crazy

All Critics (7)

Powell and Loy!

Oct 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

The madcap pace and the instant charms of all involved keep the comedy afloat.

Aug 20, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Plays as one big mother-in-law joke.

Mar 22, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The least of the Powell-Loy teamings.

Dec 1, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Love Crazy

½

I'll start by saying seeing William Powell in drag is probably worth the price of admission on its own. Early on, you also have his playful repartee with Myrna Loy, in this the 10th of the 14 movies they made together. In 'Love Crazy', the happily married couple is about to celebrate its 4th anniversary, but get interrupted first by her mother-in-law (Florence Bates), and then by his old flame (Gail Patrick). In a comedy of errors, Loy thinks Powell has cheated on her, seeks a divorce, and then Powell attempts to postpone the proceedings by feigning insanity. It's fun to see Powell in various screwball moments, including getting his head stuck between elevator doors, pretending he's a teapot, and doing things like shoving round blocks into his mouth. Powell had tremendous range and carries the movie; Loy isn't bad herself, but has less to work with. The movie degenerates a bit towards the end, but it was reasonably engaging and fun to watch.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

Super Reviewer

Another fantastic movie teaming Powell and Loy. It's hilarious! A must see.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Utter nonsense put over by the stars.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Not the best of Powell and Loy's team-ups, but it's got some fun moments. Some high points include Loy in her nightgown and Powell in drag. There's also a fun scene where Powell feigns insanity at a society party by impersonating Abraham Lincoln and freeing hats into a pool. Love Crazy won't change your life, but it'll probably make you laugh for an hour and a half.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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