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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

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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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Maxie Rosenbloom ...
Jeff Donnell ...
Winnie Slade (as Miss Jeff Donnell)


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 (

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There's fun in this new type of horror for everybody, and everybody loads of fun! (original poster) See more »


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3 June 1944 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Het gekken kasteel  »

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This is the second of four film teamings of Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, all of them comedies. Others were You'll Find Out (1940), The Raven (1963) and The Comedy of Terrors (1963). See more »


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


Dr. Lorenz: [Signing the mortgage] "Contractum sanctum putnam," which means done and dished up!
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Very funny
21 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know how I missed this one all these years. The only reason I saw it was that I bought the Boris Karloff DVD collection with The Black Room on it. I found it charming and very funny.

Peter Lorre is a hoot. There are a couple of scenes in which he does some very unexpected things. Maude Ebourne is the best though. A great character actress, she probably had her best role in Ruggles of Red Gap. The scene in which she sleepwalks is hysterical. The Nazi terrorist who turns out to be a mental patient is also interesting.

One commentator compared it to a precursor to Green Acres and I agree. The humor is nearly as offbeat and absurd as that great show.

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