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Spook Busters (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 24 August 1946 (USA)
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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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The high prices and lack of anything to sell at the real estate office reflects the genuine post-war housing shortage that was occurring at the time of the film's release in 1946. 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: [opening lines] It was springtime in New York, and one of the greatest events of my career was about to transpire. The crowd was multitudinous. Even my relatives was there. As I lamped all them smilin' kissers, I was pierced with the realization that this was probably the most monumental moment in the entire spam of my life. I was stirred up with commotion, and there was a big lunk in my throat as I turned and gandered at my fellow classmate, Bobby. He, too, was likewise granulatin'. As I looked...
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Referenced in Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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"Have you got a license to practice the gentle art of extermination?"
12 December 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Bowery Boys tangle with a mad scientist in this fun fourth entry in the series. This time Slip Mahoney and the gang graduate from exterminator school and launch their own pest control business (from Louie's Sweet Shop). They get a job but, instead of exterminating bugs, they're hired to rid an old mansion of ghosts. There are no ghosts, however, just a scientist and his goons performing experiments.

The regulars are all great. In addition to Leo Gorcey's Slip and Huntz Hall's Sach, the rest of the gang is Whitey (William Benedict), Bobby (Bobby Jordan), Chuck (David Gorcey) and Gabe (Gabriel Dell). This was Dell's first Bowery Boys film, having been with the gang in their prior incarnations as the Dead End Kids and East Side Kids. The always fun Bernard Gorcey appears as Louie. Douglas Dumbrille is enjoyable as the mad scientist. No Karloff or Lugosi but he'll do. There are lots of laughs to be had with the many wonderful lines from Leo Gorcey, particularly his narration. His malapropisms are terrific and he delivers them perfectly. This entry also has a number of great sight gags, including the office for their exterminator business with funny signs all over that have humorously misspelled words. The 'haunted' house is full of the usual bits that one might expect after having seen countless comedies and cartoons involving such plots. Old or not, the bits still work here. It's a funny movie with the Bowery Boys all contributing to the laughs, instead of just Slip and Sach (as often was the case). The slow motion fight scene near the end is a highlight.


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