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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

Passed | | 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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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 »

Goofs

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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Prof. Nathaniel Billings: [Enthusiastically] I have very good news for you, Doctor!
Dr. Lorenz: Really?
Prof. Nathaniel Billings: Now, guess what!
Dr. Lorenz: [Annoyed] I don't know!
Prof. Nathaniel Billings: [With continued enthusiasm] Go ahead - guess
Dr. Lorenz: [Angrily] D-Do I look like a quiz kid?
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References Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) See more »

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A psychotronic delight!
27 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Though conceived as a quickie ripoff of "Arsenic and Old Lace," "Boogie Man" now seems more like a weird precursor of "Green Acres," featuring (Miss) Jeff Donnell as a sort of young female Eddie Albert, and Boris Karloff in what might be called the Eva Gabor position, spoofing his kindly old mad scientist roles as a semi-senile inventor attempting to create a race of electrically enhanced supermen in the basement of a crumbling colonial inn while Miss Donnell joyously appraises all the charming old antiques upstairs. Peter Lorre, of all people, gives a rare comic performance as the local version of Mr. Haney, running around dressed like Robert Mitchum in "Night of the Hunter," with a cute little Siamese kitten in his pocket that he periodically coos to in German. This is the sort of movie you used to catch one night on the late late show, and wonder for years afterwards if you'd actually seen it or just dreamt it.


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