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Zombies on Broadway (1945)

 -  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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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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Sir Lancelot and Darby Jones virtually repeated the same roles they had created in RKO's very successful 1943 venture, "I Walked with a Zombie." See more »

Quotes

Jean LaDance: Hey, we're lucky! There's a full moon tonight. Listen! Those voodoo drums - that's the death beat you hear. We'll have to hurry.
Jerry Miles: Wait a minute. How will we know a zombie if we see one?
Jean LaDance: If you see a corpse walking around... that's a zombie.
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Spoofs I Walked with a Zombie (1943) See more »

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Amusing B-film using zombie theme for comedy...
26 October 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

With a cast including ALAN CARNEY, WALLY BROWN, ANNE JEFFREYS, SHELDON LEONARD and BELA LUGOSI, RKO made an amusing programmer (lower half of double bills) using the zombie theme for laughs.

Sheldon Leonard is an ex-gangster putting up money for a nightclub called The Zombie Hut and promising to present an authentic zombie on opening night. Brown and Carney promise Leonard that they'll come up with a real zombie in time for the Broadway opening of the club.

The story moves from the nightclub to the island of San Sebastian where a weird scientist called Dr. Renault has mysteriously disappeared. On the island, the tone of the film veers between comedy and fright with amusing results--and the team of Carney and Brown seems to be using the kind of material Abbott and Costello found at Universal. The gags are sometimes a misfire but the slapstick situations are fun. Attractive ANNE JEFFREYS is a night-club singer who also gets involved with the zombies when she and the boys go looking for them.

All of the sight gags are reminiscent of A&C at their zaniest. Lugosi plays it straight as the doctor who believes in putting people under "suspended animation" for scientific purposes.

The zombie they return with is a surprise twist. It's all played strictly for laughs and, silly as it is, it works.


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