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Zombies on Broadway (1945)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  1 May 1945 (USA)
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Two bumbling press agents must search for a zombie to fulfill a commitment to their ex-gangster boss's new nightclub or face the consequences.

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Jean La Danse
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Gus
Russell Hopton ...
Benny
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Joseph
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Louis Jean Heydt ...
Douglas Walker
Darby Jones ...
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Storyline

Two inept press agents are ordered to the island of San Sebastian to get a zombie for an opening night publicity stunt of a nightclub. They find a likely source in Dr. Paul Renault, who has spent much time studying (and experimenting) on the subject, but Renault has other ideas. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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they're STALKING WALKING DEAD MEN... and it's a SCREAM! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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1 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loonies on Broadway  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The jungle scenes were filmed on the sets used for RKO's Tarzan series. See more »

Quotes

Gus: I got an idea, boss.
Ace Miller: Brother, I need an idea to get out of this jam.
Gus: The cops find these two guys' bodies with a note pinned on 'em sayin' they committed suicide on account of they were so ashamed because they couldn't deliver a real zombie.
Ace Miller: Hey, that's a possibility!
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Spoofs I Walked with a Zombie (1943) See more »

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Hilarious Find!

Hilarious occurrence from the 1940s (probably a B movie to play in double features), "Zombies on Broadway" is better than more prestigious RKO products starring more prominent performers, with Wally Brown and Alan Carney as two press agents working for a "reformed" gangster who wants to open a night club featuring a real zombie. When a powerful radio commentator announces that he will denounce the fraud if they pretend to use a fake walking dead, Brown and Carney are sent to the island of St. Sebastian, searching for Dr. Renault, a scientist who has made extensive research on voodoo practices. As played by Béla Lugosi, the doctor is both menacing and funny (what a gem that brief moment when Lugosi searches for a little monkey in a chest of drawers!), while Darby Jones reprises his scary role in RKO's "I Walked with a Zombie", with Sir Lancelot also on hand to sing a little song about the joys and menaces of the island. A few can complain about the black stereotypes (especially Nick Stewart as a frightened janitor), but that is how the American audiences and films were (and sometimes still are). With a tight script of fast, concise dialogs and scenes, "Zombies on Broadway" was a real good find and a fine addition to my list of horror comedies.


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