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Who Killed Doc Robbin (1948)

 -  Comedy | Family | Mystery  -  9 April 1948 (USA)
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A group of people find themselves trapped in a creepy mansion, complete with secret passageways, a mad doctor and a murderous gorilla.


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Complete credited cast:
Larry Olsen ...
William 'Curley' Benson
Eilene Janssen ...
Peter Miles ...
Dudley (as Gerald Perreau)
Ardda Lynwood ...
Dale Belding ...
Speck Jones
Virginia Grey ...
Ann Loring
Don Castle ...
George, Defense Attorney
George Zucco ...
Doc Hugo Robbin
Paul Hurst ...
Whitford Kane ...
'Fix-it' Dan Cameron
Wilton Graff ...
Claire Du Brey ...
Housekeeper (as Claire Dubrey)
Rene Beard ...
Dis (as Renee Beard)
Donald King ...


When Dr. Hugo Robbin's laboratory is blown up, his nurse Ann Loring is charged with murdering the doctor. During her trial, a group of children continually disrupts the courtroom, claiming to have important evidence. The children are finally allowed to testify, but as a result of their testimony, their friend Dan, who runs a repair shop, is now charged with the crime instead of the nurse. The children are now determined to prove Dan's innocence, and they go to the abandoned laboratory to look for evidence, leading to a series of hazardous adventures. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Family | Mystery


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Release Date:

9 April 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curley and His Gang in the Haunted Mansion  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Final film of Grant Mitchell. See more »


Speck's burning candle is longer in one shot than it was in previous shots. See more »


Edited into The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Where are the kids' parents?
2 August 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is in the public domain and so not surprisingly, the print is terrible quality. Although it's filmed in color, the print is very washed out and the faces of everyone is a strange pink hue.

The film starts with a trial. A group of kids come bursting in and announce that they have information for the court. The kids, ages 5 to about 8, are allowed to just get up and testify! One even gets to testify with a dog climbing into his lap--which begs the question "where are the kids' parents?!". Eventually, despite many distractions, the kids are able to relate what they know about Doc Robbin.

What follows are the adventures of some precocious and very untalented kids. The humor is amazingly broad and bad and the film appears to be one that might only have appealed to kids when it debuted. Today, I can't imagine it appealing to anyone--it's that bad. The film should perhaps be retitled "Who Cares Who Killed Doc Robbin!".

In many ways, this style film is like a crappily written early version of "The Goonies" or any one of dozens of films made in the 1980s-90s where the supposedly clever kids come to the rescue because their parents and other adults are idiots. Yeah, whatever.

Bad acting, horrible writing and a whopping budget of $47.50, this film is understandably in the public domain. However, instead of getting it free, it seems that they should pay you to watch it!

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