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Spooks Run Wild -- The East Side Kids 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?

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Director:
Writers:
Carl Foreman (original story) &
Charles R. Marion (original story) ...
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Release Date:
24 October 1941 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Has Its Pluses, But Probably Could Have Been Better See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Bela Lugosi ... Nardo
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy
Ernest Morrison ... Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Dave O'Brien ... Jeff Dixon (as David O'Brien)
Dorothy Short ... Linda Mason
David Gorcey ... Peewee
Donald Haines ... Skinny
Dennis Moore ... Dr. Von Grosch
P.J. Kelly ... Lem Harvey (as P.J. Kelley)
Angelo Rossitto ... Luigi
Guy Wilkerson ... Constable
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Slim Andrews ... Hank (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... The Hillside Mayor (uncredited)
Pat Costello ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Policeman (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ... Camp Counselor (uncredited)
Rosemary Portia ... Margie - Sweet Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Sherry Tansey ... Cop (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Rosen 
 
Writing credits
Carl Foreman (original story) &
Charles R. Marion (original story)

Carl Foreman (screenplay) &
Charles R. Marion (screenplay)

Jack Henley (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... producer
Pete Mayer .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Lange (uncredited)
Lew Porter (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Marcel Le Picard (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Golden 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred Preble (settings)
 
Production Management
Ed W. Rote .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Hammond .... assistant director (as Art Hammond)
Herman Pett .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound recordist
 
Music Department
Johnny Lange .... musical director (as Lange)
Lew Porter .... musical director (as Porter)
Milan Roder .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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65 min
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | USA:Approved (PCA #7644)

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The copyright expired and was not renewed, so the film fell into "public domain", meaning that virtually anyone could copy it and sell it without having to pay royalties. That's why there are so so many shoddy, badly cut, grainy copies of it on the market, put out mainly by companies that specialize in public-domain films.See more »
Quotes:
Muggs:I'm going alone.
Danny:That makes three of us going alone.
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Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Has Its Pluses, But Probably Could Have Been Better, 30 January 2006
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

Although this East Side Kids feature has its pluses and some good sequences, it probably could have been better. Having Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, and the rest of the gang being paired with Bela Lugosi is an intriguing thought, and it certainly seems as if it could have been the basis for a really entertaining movie. Perhaps the biggest letdown is simply that Lugosi never gets a lot to do, so that he does not really get the chance to become a part of things.

The setup is kind of convoluted, and it takes a fair amount of time to get to the main action, which has the gang roaming around in an old abandoned mansion where Lugosi's character has just taken up residence. Long stretches of the movie are carried simply by the interplay among Muggs and the rest of the group as they explore, stumble around, and get lost in various situations, all the while wisecracking, ad-libbing, and playing with the props.

As always, most of these antics are quite entertaining, but here the actual story is too negligible to sustain its end of things. A more carefully written story, and most importantly a better, less thankless role for Lugosi, could have made much better use of this unusual combination of talent.

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