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Director:
Writer:
Kenneth Higgins (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 July 1943 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
The East Side Kids try to fix up a house for newlyweds, but find the place next door "haunted" by mysterious men. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awfully dull See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Leo Gorcey ... Mugs
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy
Bobby Jordan ... Danny

Bela Lugosi ... Emil

Ava Gardner ... 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
Bill Bates ... Sleepy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Depp ... John G. Elwood (uncredited)
Tom Herbert ... Park Central Plaza Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Robert F. Hill ... Minister at Wedding (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Wedding Usher (uncredited)
Kay Marvis ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Ray Miller ... Police Officer Mulligan (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Mrs. John G. Elwood (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Flower Delivery Man (uncredited)

Directed by
William Beaudine 
 
Writing credits
Kenneth Higgins (original screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Dietz .... producer
Sam Katzman .... producer
Barney A. Sarecky .... associate producer (as Barney Sarecky)
 
Original Music by
Edward J. Kay (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Mack Stengler (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Hammond .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dave Milton .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound engineer
 
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director (as Edward Kay)
 
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Also Known As:
"Ghosts in the Night" - UK (alternative title), USA (working title)
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Runtime:
67 min (DVD) | 65 min (copyright length)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #9178) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Ava Gardner's first credited film role.See more »
Quotes:
Mugs:I'm gonna send you to an optimist to have your eyes examined.See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Awfully dull, 26 January 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

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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