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Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 July 1943 (USA)
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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Huntz Hall ...
Bobby Jordan ...
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Emil
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Betty
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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
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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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30 July 1943 (USA)  »

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Ghosts in the Night  »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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Shot in six days. See more »

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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 »

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Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
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Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Lyrics (poem To Celia) by Ben Jonson (1616)
Played on an organ by Bill Bates and sung by The East Side Kids
Reprised by them at the wedding
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Who'd a thunk it, Ava Gardner and Huntz Hall, Brother and Sister
18 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's the American dream for Ava Gardner and Rick Vallin as newlyweds. They get married and Vallin has a plan to leave the Lower East Side for that dream house in the suburbs. But right next to it is an old Gothic mansion of a house, something along the lines of Manderley in Rebecca.

Her brother Huntz Hall with Leo Gorcey and the rest of the East Side gang come up to investigate. They find Bela Lugosi there, haunting it to the best of his ability. But Lugosi is no ghost, he's got a more earthly reason for wanting solitude. Remember this was 1943 and you know what was going on.

Ava Gardner made this film a few years before she was any kind of a film name. But her beauty and talent are unmistakable. She has the distinction of being the biggest movie name ever to appear in an East Side Kids/Bowery Boys film, a dubious honor at best. This was Louis B. Mayer's way of testing her. She had done a whole lot of bit roles in films, this was her first real role of any substance.

Three years later Monogram Pictures didn't have enough money in their whole budget to acquire Ava's services. Even if they threw in all the Bowery Boys.

Ghosts on the Loose is a Leo Gorcey/Huntz Hall B film without any great pretensions. But see it if you want to see the birthing of a real star.

But there ain't no amount of acting going to convince anyone that Ava Gardner and Huntz Hall could be related.


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