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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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Hilda
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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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1.37 : 1
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The song the gang sings at the wedding is a popular old song "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes", the lyrics of which date back to the 1616 poem "Song to Celia" by English playwright Ben Johnson. They only sing the first stanza. See more »

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Scruno: [whispering] Mister, you dropped your flowers,
[normal tone]
Scruno: I guess he didn't hear me.
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Follows Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941) 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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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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