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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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Emil
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Betty
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Jack
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Scruno (as Sammy Morrison)
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Benny (as Billy Benedict)
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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)  »

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Ghosts in the Night  »

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$85,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lugosi goes from being top-billed in 1941's "Spooks Run Wild" to fourth-billed (behind Gorcey, Jordan and Hall) in this. See more »

Quotes

Mugs: [to Glimpy] Any normal person can get normal measles, but you gotta pick a fight with a Nazi and get German measles.
[Glimpy's face is covered in Swastikas]
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) 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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After this movie you might forget what 'laughing' is
6 April 2001 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

This movie is also known as "The East Side Kids meet Bela Lugosi". They certainly do, even though Bela in this movie is a Nazi, living next door to a newlywed couple (you might recognize Ava Gardner).

Bela Lugosi and Ava Gardner. How could this go wrong? No idea, but it did. Maybe that's the trouble with comedy. Some jokes just can't take getting older. (Some do, e.g. take The Marx Brothers.) It makes you wonder how films like "There's Something About Mary" will be perceived in the 2020s. Will people still laugh at it, or will they find it as painfully unfunny as I do now? Back to the Ghosts on the Loose: it has all the clichés you can find in those kind of movies. Moving portraits, the police doing a lousy job and so on. And if you don't want me to spoil the last scene, go straight to the next paragraph now. In the end, after the bad guys have been arrested, the East Side Kids are quarantained for getting the German measles. Now how funny is that!? Not at all.

I found it painful to sit out this movie. Beaudine also helmed "Bela Lugosi Meets The Brooklyn Gorilla". I don't even want to think about that one.


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