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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 - the Powder Puff Salesman (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
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Winnie Slade (as Miss Jeff Donnell)
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Storyline

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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divorcee | hotel | cellar | coroner | lunatic | See more »

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From HORROR To HOWLS...FROM MAYHEM TO MERRIMENT! (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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3 June 1944 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Het gekken kasteel  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The plot of this film has strong similarities to Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), in which both Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre were previously associated - Karloff appeared in the theatrical original (and at least three television adaptations) while Lorre co-starred in the film version. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Maxie, the Powder Puff Salesman: Am I unconscious yet?
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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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