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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror | 3 June 1944 (Portugal)
A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar.

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Winnie Slade, a young divorcee, buys an old historic house from nutty Professor Billings, who lives there with his daffy housekeeper and bizarre neighbors, in order to convert it into a hotel. She allows them to continue to live on the property - unaware that the Professor continues to experiment unsuccessfully on traveling salesmen, the bodies of whom have filled the cellar. They are joined by a variety of eccentric characters including a quack doctor who doubles as the town's sheriff, Winnie's frenetic ex-husband, an oddball choreographer, a punchdrunk traveling salesman, and a lunatic escapee from the Italian army. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Part of the SON OF SHOCK package of 20 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original SHOCK THEATER release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also the last of 11 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals. See more »

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Jeff Donnell's Winnie slips and calls Peter Lorre "Professor Lorre", not Lorenz, and it remains in the film. See more »

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Amelia Jones: Everybody in this town knows you made your fortune on snake oil hair restorer.
Dr. Lorenz: Well, what's wrong with that? Where's the hair follicle that can resist 2000 international units of Vitamin A? Where is it?
Prof. Nathaniel Billings: [Bending over and pointing to a spot on top of his head] Right here.
Dr. Lorenz: [Examining it] Hmmm! Oh, hardening of the skull!
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Arsenic and Supermen
5 November 2006 | by (Clearwater Fl) – See all my reviews

The Boogie Man Will Get You: 6 out of 10: If Ma and Pa Kettle ever did Arsenic and Old Lace it would be this movie. Very very silly and occasionally quite funny the Boogie Man has a couple of big faults. The supporting cast is mixed at best and the ending is a mess.

It also has two great assets, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. Karloff is spot on as the bumbling well meaning murdering scientist. Whose experiments on traveling salesman to create super-soldiers for the war effort are both well meaning and quite homicidal.

Peter Lorre is hilarious as the Mayor, Police Chief, Undertaker, Notary, excreta. He dresses in a three piece suit with a Siamese kitten in his pocket to which he coos in German.

Watching these two together is pure entertainment and certainly worth a viewing. The rest of the movie is light, frothy, derivative, and occasionally irritating. Just watch the stars at work and forget the rest.


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