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Spooks Run Wild (1941)

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The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger,... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Leo Gorcey ...
Bobby Jordan ...
Huntz Hall ...
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Dave O'Brien ...
Jeff Dixon (as David O'Brien)
Dorothy Short ...
Linda Mason
David Gorcey ...
Donald Haines ...
Dennis Moore ...
P.J. Kelly ...
Lem Harvey (as P.J. Kelley)
Angelo Rossitto ...
Guy Wilkerson ...


The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger, and they are forced to seek aid at an old mansion. The owner of the mansion (Lugosi), insists that the boys spend the night. After seeing PeeWee walk around the house in a trance, the boys decide that the man turned him into a zombie. They gang up on him and tie him up. The nurse at the boys camp (Dorothy Short) sets out to find the missing boys with Von Grosch (Dennis Moore), who has come to rid the town of the killer- or has he? Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Comedy


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24 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ghosts in the Night  »

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Production notes indicate George Pembroke was cast as Dr. Von Grosch, but he was replaced by Dennis Moore. See more »


Jeff Dixon: With all those boys here it should be about as quiet as the funhouse at Coney Island.
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Referenced in The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954) See more »

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First meeting of the East Side Kids and Bela Lugosi is a creaky antique thats fun in the right frame of mind
28 January 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi and the East Side Kids (aka the Dead End Kids aka The Bowery Boys) made two films together. This is the first and best. Its a low budget creaky mystery that some how works despite its short comings.

The plot has the Kids forcibly removed from the streets for two weeks in the country at a summer camp. Not wanting to be watched over they sneak out the first night only to be shot at by a local care taker. They end up taking refuge in an old mansion inhabited where Bela Lugosi is staying. At the same time a "monster killer" is prowling the surrounding area. Confusion, murder and "comedy" ensues.

By no means a great film, and probably only an okay one, this is a movie that needs to be watched at about two in the morning when you're half asleep. Its the stereotypical haunted house film turned side ways,yet again, by Leo Gorcey and his pals. Sure the comedy is beyond low and the plot is predictable, but somehow Bela, in a decent role, lifts this up to be more than just a bunch of 30 year old teenagers running amok. Actually the fact there there is a real plot helps a great deal (The later Bela/ East Side Kids pairing Ghosts on the Loose suffers greatly from essentially being two barely connected halves). Its not great by anyone's definition, but it is fun in a silly way.

If you're in the mood for a haunted house comedy the likes of which they don't make any more (thank God) you can give it a try. While far from great it does have Bela hamming it up which is usually good for an hour entertainment.

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