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Ghosts on the Loose -- While renovating an old house for a couple of newlyweds, the East Side Kids uncover Nazi spies in the house next door.


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Kenneth Higgins (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 July 1943 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Ghosts in the Night" - UK (alternative title), USA (working title)
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67 min (DVD) | 65 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #9178) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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If you listen carefully, you can hear Bela Lugosi sneeze a four letter word ("shit") when he sneezes. Director William Beaudine left it in.See more »
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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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
After this movie you might forget what 'laughing' is, 6 April 2001
Author: KuRt-33 ( from Antwerp, Belgium

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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