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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ...
Huntz Hall ...
Dr. Coslow
Bobby Jordan ...
Gabriel Dell ...
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ...
Tanis Chandler ...
Mignon Moreno
Maurice Cass ...
Dr. Bender
Vera Lewis ...
Mrs. Grimm
Mr. Stiles
Chester Clute ...
Richard Alexander ...
Bernard Gorcey ...
Charles Millsfield ...
Dean Pettyboff


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 <>

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Release Date:

24 August 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ghost Busters  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fourth of forty-eight Bowery Boys movies. See more »


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 »


Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones: Run for your lives! Charlie's got an axe!
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Followed by Jinx Money (1948) See more »

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So Who're the Real Exterminators
31 March 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Slip's (Gorcey) candyshop exterminator co. (read the Bowery Boys) is called to a creepy old house where the boys meet real exterminators!

The best thing about this so-so entry are two stellar bad guys—Charles Middleton and Douglas Dumbrille. Middleton's a walking graveyard, while Dumbille's a leering madman. Together they menace Gorcey and Hall inside their old dark mansion (where else). Except Monogram appears to be paying Middleton by the word since he mostly stands around and nods—too bad because his voice of doom is enough to freeze a ranger battalion. Also, cheapjack Monogram confines the last 20 minutes to two meager sets, not exactly a treat for the eyes.

The movie manages a few chuckles, especially when the mad Dr. Coslow (Dumbrille) eyes Sach's moronic cranium like a slice of beefsteak, rare. Some choice dialog follows. But what's Gabe Dell's navy man doing in this knock-about. He reminds me of Zeppo of the Marx Bros. — the zanies' link to romance and the normal world, but also a drag on the humor. Note too the familiar face of Billy Benedict as gang member Whitey. I expect he kept the newspaper business alive during the 30's and 40's by hawking them from a thousand backlot street corners.

Anyway, it's a passable entry in the long-running series. But if you think you've seen it before, you probably have.

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