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George Bricker (screen play)
Ralph Spence (from plays by) ...
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Release Date:
11 December 1937 (USA) See more »
Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Quite simply one of the coolest B movies ever made See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Herbert ... Kelly

Allen Jenkins ... Dempsey
Marcia Ralston ... Vesta Vernoff
John Eldredge ... Paul Morgan

George Rosener ... Captain Hook
Brandon Tynan ... Captain Cobb (as Brandon Tyman)
Eric Stanley ... David Dow Harriman

Margaret Irving ... Polly Crane

Elspeth Dudgeon ... Nanny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Biby ... Sinister Plotter (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Sinister Plotter (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Sinister Plotter (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ... Police Broadcaster (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Sinister Plotter (uncredited)

Directed by
William C. McGann  (as William McGann)
Writing credits
George Bricker (screen play)

Ralph Spence (from plays by) &
Ralph Murphy (from plays by) and
Donald Gallaher (from plays by)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur L. Todd (photography) (as Arthur Todd)
Film Editing by
Clarence Kolster (film editor)
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
Costume Design by
N'was McKenzie (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Audrey Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
David Raksin .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hugh Cummings .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (present) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A First National Picture)

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54 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #3615)

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Once thought to be lost, now available on DVD through Warner Archives in the Warner Bros. Horror Mystery Double Features set.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In many scenes, wires operating the octopus's tentacles can be seen.See more »
Detective Dempsey:Kelly, take his fingerprints.
Detective Harold Kelly:Right.
[sees Captain Hook's hook hand]
Detective Harold Kelly:Whooooooo! Dempsey, he ain't got any fingers, see?
Detective Dempsey:So take his footprints.
Detective Harold Kelly:What is he, a horse?
Detective Dempsey:Yeah... NO!
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Quite simply one of the coolest B movies ever made, 3 February 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

Delightfully irreverent variation on the old dark house comedy thriller. This one takes place in and below a lighthouse. The plot is so weird and things are explained then unexplained then explained again that I don't fault someone for thinking it makes no sense. But that's kind of the point. It's such a completely off-the-wall bizarre movie that I can't help but love it. It's totally ridiculous from start to finish. If you're too straight-laced for that, then you'll probably be filled with anger at this unassuming movie that's not even an hour that dared to waste your time. I've read a review or two like that and had to shake my head. What kind of sour puss do you have to be to not at least moderately enjoy, if not outright love, this movie? It's got nice sets, a fun cast, and some good special effects (especially for the time). Allen Jenkins is terrific. Yes, Hugh Herbert is an acquired taste. I get that. I admit I've been annoyed by him in other roles with all of his woo-hooing and fidgeting. But that's usually because he felt out of place in those movies. Here, his shtick is right at home. Just relax, don't take it more seriously than it was intended, and have some fun with it.

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