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Zombies on Broadway (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 1 May 1945 (USA)
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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Two zanies on a zombie hunt! (Lobby card). See more »

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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 »

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Dr. Paul Renault: Oh, what is wrong, what is wrong? How can the natives do with their silly voodoo what I cannot accomplish by scientific means?
Joseph: Perhaps because a zombie is something of the devil, not of science, Professor.
Dr. Paul Renault: Nonsense. Nonsense! You have seen what I am able to do; you have seen me create a zombie. If only I could keep them in that state. If only they didn't die; return to normal in a short period...
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Spoofs I Walked with a Zombie (1943) See more »

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Not nearly as bad as it sounds
30 October 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Apparently this film was put together partly with leftovers from the classic Val Lewton film "I Walked With a Zombie." Even the title is somewhat similar and just about as ridiculous. Sir Lancelot is the calypso singer in both movies singing songs that partly predict what has happened and what is about to happen. The main zombie is played by the same actor, Darby Jones, using the same makeup. The stage setting for St. Sebastian Island looks similar to the setting for "I Walked With a Zombie." In some ways "Zombies on Broadway" is actually a parody of "I Walked With a Zombie" and of zombie movies in general.

Brown and Carney, a poor man's Abbott and Costello, do a fairly decent job in the comedy department in this film, though Carney's aping of Lou Costello becomes annoying after a time. Toward the end, a monkey is able to steal the show indicating the level of talent in the cast. Sheldon Leonard does well in his usual role as a mobster who talks tough but tends to be a pussycat. Bela Lugosi and the lovely Anne Jeffreys add a degree of dignity to the goings on. Too bad they were so often wasted in programmers since they were both such gifted performers.

The title is misleading since the movie is actually about press agents Brown and Carney trying to pan off a fake zombie named Sam to a nightclub mobster for his gala opening of the Zombie Club. Brown and Carney are caught and made to travel to St. Sebastian and bring back a real zombie. The movie is fast paced and there are a few belly laughs along the way. Don't expect anything on the level of "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and you won't be disappointed.


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