The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  3 June 1944 (Portugal)
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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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Complete credited cast:
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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Release Date:

3 June 1944 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Het gekken kasteel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shooting lasted July 7-21 1942, released October 22. This completed Boris Karloff's six-picture contract with Columbia. See more »


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


Bill Leyden: They murdered him! Just like they murdered the other one!
Prof. Nathaniel Billings: Please! Please! The word is, "martyrized."
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References Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) See more »

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Great title, great stars, but...
7 May 2003 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

Released two years before "Arsenic & Old Lace" was made into a

movie, this film brought Broadway's star of "Arsenic & Old Lace"

(Boris Karloff) to the screen with a similar type of film. I was

disappointed in this film because I felt that Boris & Peter could

have done much better with a script that wasn't quite as silly. Sure,

there's good satire here (which must have been much more biting

to 1940's audiences that could relate to it as being timely). Some

of the "in" jokes are lost on me, at a distance of 60+ years from the

original release of this film. Some of the comedy is just plain

"goofy." I would have liked a few real scares from Boris, rather than

the one note deranged scientist role he played here. Peter is

excellent as the only guy in town with a job (he has all of the jobs). I

was impressed by Jeff Donnell, the female lead, who showed

good comedic talents in a role that could have been played by

Lucille Ball. Although I love the stars, I can rate this only 5/10.

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