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Spook Busters (1946)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Mystery  |  24 August 1946 (USA)
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The Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey & Chuck--start their own exterminating service, and get a job which takes them to a spooky old abandoned mansion in the middle of the night. ... See full summary »

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Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
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Bobby Jordan ...
Gabriel Dell ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ...
Tanis Chandler ...
Maurice Cass ...
Dr. Bender
Vera Lewis ...
Mrs. Grimm
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Mr. Stiles
Chester Clute ...
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Richard Alexander ...
Ivan
Bernard Gorcey ...
Charles Millsfield ...
Dean Pettyboff
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The Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey & Chuck--start their own exterminating service, and get a job which takes them to a spooky old abandoned mansion in the middle of the night. Meeting up with pal Gabe and his new French bride, the boys are tormented by mad scientists who try to convince them the place is haunted and then kidnap Sach in order to place his brain inside a gorilla. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Loaded With SCREAMY-MEANIES! Those Mad Doctors Have Gained Up On Leo's Gang For The Funniest Chiller Of The Year! See more »

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Ghost Busters  »

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The fourth of 48 Bowery Boys movies. See more »

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After Satch lights two candles, his hand shakes so bad it puts the match out. In the very next shot, there are three candles lit. See more »

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Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney: We need to know the width of the mouse.
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Spook Busters (1946) **1/2
30 March 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It's been theorized that SPOOK BUSTERS was the inspiration for the 1984 hit comedy GHOSTBUSTERS, and given that the titles of the two films are so similar, well ... it's possible. But the idea here of Leo Gorcey and his Bowery Boys buddies getting diplomas from exterminating school and setting out to open a business for terminating household pests is about as close as this gets to the latter movie. The show begins with some humorously mangled voice-over narration from Gorcey commenting on his graduation ("I was overwhelmed with commotion and there was a lunk in my throat"), and from there the chuckles slow down a bit. But what happens is the gang gets a gig to work at an old house that might be haunted, and the opportunity for VERY light comedy occurs when a scientist wants to put Sach's brain into a gorilla. There's a cute slow-motion fight sequence, but overall this is another typical entry of the day from Slip and the guys. Also making a reappearance from earlier movies is Gabriel Dell (as "Gabe") who returns from the Navy as a serious character and adds nothing. In future films Gabe would drift in and out of these comedies and be more like a pesky fly at a picnic. **1/2 out of ****


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