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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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Release Date:

9 April 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curley and His Gang in the Haunted Mansion  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of two attempts by Hal Roach to revive his Our Gang (Little Rascals) films. The other was Curley (1947). See more »


When the kids are visiting "Fix it" Dan in jail, Speck is first holding a book with the bound end in his hand, but in the next shot the opened end is in his hand. See more »


Follows Curley (1947) See more »

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23 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had to see this film after reading a review here by some goof ball who went on and on about Hal Roach being racist! Firstly, Hal Roach stuck black kids in his films as friends and equals to white kids, beginning with the silent days! Were some of the scenes stereotypes? Yes, but back then everyone got a good does of stereotyping -- Italians, Jews, immigrants, blacks -- everyone got their fair share and no one seemed to mind, so which era was better? Aren't we tired of people just seeing everything by race and inserting there agenda into the mix? This is a curio piece from long ago. It's actually a cute little puff piece. The other reviewer said something about two black characters being named Did & Dat, but neglected to say that there was also a white character named Fixit. Jeeze. Get off the high horse. It's a movie.

Anyway the film is funny and keeps moving and tries to some extent to be a throw back to the Our Gang series that Roach was so successful at only by 1948, it wasn't gonna happen. Plus Roach Studios were already waning and soon would get into TV production, virtually abandoning theatrical films.

But watch it for what it is -- fun for the who family and a curio.

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