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Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

 -  Comedy  -  30 July 1943 (USA)
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The East Side Kids try to fix up a house for newlyweds, but find the place next door "haunted" by mysterious men.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Glimpy
Bobby Jordan ...
Danny
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Emil
...
Betty
Rick Vallin ...
Jack
Ernest Morrison ...
Scruno (as Sammy Morrison)
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Benny (as Billy Benedict)
Stanley Clements ...
Stash
Bobby Stone ...
Dave
Minerva Urecal ...
Hilda
Wheeler Oakman ...
Tony
Peter Seal ...
Bruno
Frank Moran ...
Monk
Jack Mulhall ...
Lieutenant
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Glimpy's surprisingly beautiful sister is getting married to Jack, a young engineer, and moving to a 'bargain' suburban house neither has ever seen. During the honeymoon, the East Side Kids decide to fix up the house for the newlyweds...but mistakenly pick the 'haunted' house next door, which is occupied by some mysterious live men, dodging in and out of secret panels and clearly up to no good... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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You'll yell with glee when these happy-go-lucky hooligans invade the shivery domain of the Man of a Thousand Horrors! It's Chill-arious! See more »

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30 July 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The East Side Kids Meet Bela Lugosi  »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Some enterprising exhibitors billed the recently married Ava Gardner as "Mrs. Mickey Rooney" on the marquee. See more »

Quotes

Mugs: I'm gonna send you to an optimist to have your eyes examined.
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Follows East Side Kids (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on an organ by Bill Bates after the wedding
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As an historical piece of cinematic history, it's priceless.
3 April 2005 | by (Mansfield, CT USA) – See all my reviews

The main problem with "Ghosts on the Loose" is that it's outdated. Today's audience doesn't know the norms of 1943 society so we can't fully appreciate when the East Side Kids break these rules with their comical lines and antics. The characters use a lot of slang and terms that are over 60 years old. We can't get the full impact of these lines. Things really weren't the same back then. We can still get quite a bit of humor out of this movie but unless we were alive during that time, I don't think we can possibly catch everything. I still found this to be an entertaining movie and still funny. What I liked the most was seeing this film in a historical perspective. I'd like to get a few "East Side Kids" films under my belt and see the comedy of the 40s. It's always interesting to see anything with Bela Lugosi in it and he does have a staring role in this. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that this is one of Ava Gardner's early movies. As entertainment I would have to say that "Ghosts on the Loose" is an OK movie. It lost a lot of its appeal over the years but is still good for a few laughs. As an historical piece of cinematic history, it's priceless.


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