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
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Part of the SON OF SHOCK package of 21 titles released to television in 1958, which followed the original SHOCK THEATER release of 52 features one year earlier. This was also one of the 12 Columbia titles, the other 61 all being Universals. See more »
Jeff Donnell's Winnie slips and calls Peter Lorre "Professor Lorre", not Lorenz, and it remains in the film. See more »
[Referring to Bill Leyden]
... if the army didn't need him, I would have commmitted him to the squirrel pen at Idlewild Sanitarium, so help me!
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A young divorcée tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar. Starring Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, this movie is funny. When I first heard the title of the movie, I wasn't expecting to see much, I was expecting to see a no good, low budget, and poorly acted movie. But it is actually a rather funny movie, as a matter of fact, I like it, it's rather funny if you ask me! In my point of view, this film is not a bad movie at all, granted, it's not a movie that I would say is one of the greatest movies ever made, but I seemed to really enjoy it nevertheless, I found it to be funny and entertaining, and the latter is what a movie is supposed to do, entertain people.
Boris Karloff was good in this movie, well, that's a little obvious, as he was good in a lot of the movies that he was in, even if the movie itself wasn't that good, he's always a scene stealer. Peter Lorre was good in this movie too, and like Boris Karloff, he is great in just about every movie that he's in, his best movies include Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and Arsenic And Old Lace. I was expecting this movie to be a terrible movie, but it was not terrible to say the least, it was very good, it was silly at times, but it was funny nevertheless, I'm not sorry that I took the time to watch it, and if you want a few laughs, then watch this, you'll be laughing.
If I had to rate this movie, this is how I would do it. On a scale from one to ten, with one being the absolute worst and ten being the absolute best, I'll give this film a rating of eight stars out of ten, meaning that while this movie is not a masterpiece of filmmaking, it's funny for what it is, and it's definitely not one of the worst movies that I have ever seen, it's a good movie, just not one of the best. So if you want a good movie that has got quite a few laughs in it, then The Boogie Man Will Get you is worth watching, in fact, sure it's funny, but it's also worth watching for Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre alone.
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