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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
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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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The EAST SIDE KIDS vs. the Man of a THOUSAND HORRORS! See more »

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Comedy

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film would mark the final appearance of Ernest Morrison (Scruno) as an active member of the East Side Gang. Morrison would later appear in Follow the Leader (1944), but only in a flashback sequence using archive footage from Flying with Music (1942). See more »

Quotes

Mugs: [reading the card on the wreath of flowers the boys brought in] 'We didn't mean to shoot you Louie, honest'. You stole a dead guy's flowers? Don't you know that sacrelilious? Put them back... hold it, I guess it wouldn't be any more sacrelilious to put them back after the ceremony.
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Follows Kid Dynamite (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on an organ by Bill Bates at the wedding
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Awfully dull
26 January 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is the easiest to get of the Bowery Boys movies for two reasons its in the Public Domain and it has Bela Lugosi in it as a Nazi spy. Regrettably its a painful viewing experience and probably has turned more people off the the films of the Bowery Boys than any other.

The plot has the boys fixing up a house for the sister of Glimpy and her new husband. However next door is a living a nest of Nazi spies who want any and all neighbors driven out so they can carry out their plans unobserved. The film is the usual collection of haunted house clichés played for "laughs".

Its a dreadful thing. The pacing is snail like, the first half of the film is the wedding and its preparation with only a fleeting appearance of Lugosi. The second half is the boys trying to decorate the house and deal with the Nazi spies. Its a scatter shot affair of a badly written script being undone by a cast that seems to be sleep walking through their performances. Worse much of the film seems to have been shot not during an actual take but during a less serious rehearsal. Blame it on legendary director "One Shot" William Beaudine who made 300 films mostly by only shooting one take for each shot. This film will bore you to sleep.

Unless you have insomnia or a need to see ever Lugosi film ever made avoid this film.


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