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Haunted House (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 22 July 1940 (USA)
Teenagers try to clear a friend accused of murder.


(as Robert McGowan)


(story), (story) (as Monty Collins) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Mildred 'Millie' Henshaw
Albert Henshaw
Olaf Jensen
Cyrus W. 'Cy' Burton
Eph, Service Station Owner
Jessie Arnold ...
Mrs. Emily Henshaw
Prosecuting Attorney
Marcelle Ray ...
Lucy Peters
Buddy Swan ...
Junior Henshaw (as Buddy Swann)


Jimmie, the Brownsville Bugle's office boy, and Millie, niece of editor Henshaw, turn amateur detectives in order to help a friend who is accused of murder. With more zeal than direction, they pick the owner of a gas station as the killer, and when he turns out to be innocent, Henshaw fires Jimmie. The two go on searching and next suspect Lawyer Cy Burton but have no conclusive evidence and are about to give up when Millie finds a clue that leads to the hidden fortune of the murdered Mrs. Blake. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two kid reporters solve a mystery... jail a killer... and fall in love! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa embrujada  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 26 April 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it Wednesday 11 May 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Haunted House was a nice atmospheric B-movie directed by Robert F. McGowan
26 January 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

So 1940 wasn't only the year former Our Ganger Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison started playing Scruno in Monogram Pictures' East Side Kids movies, or that other former OG member Mary Kornman made her final picture for the same studio called On the Spot, it was also the year former OG director Robert F. McGowan made his final movies for the exact same studio. One of them was this one which starred Marcia Mae Jones-who previously appeared in McGowan's OG shorts Birthday Blues and Mush & Milk as well as with other former OG member Jackie Cooper in The Champ-and Jackie Moran. They are a couple of teens intent on getting an innocent man out of jail. McGowan provides some good humor as well as wonderful atmosphere concerning the title object which only appears near the end. So on that note, I recommend Haunted House. P.S. Another player familiar to OG fans is Clarence Wilson, who played a meanie in the series shorts, Shrimps for a Day and Little Sinner.

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