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The Maltese Bippy (1969)

A man buys a house and comes to believe that not only is the house haunted by werewolves, but a family of vampires lives next door.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Smith
Ernest Grey
Robin Sherwood
Carlotta Ravenswood
Molly Fletcher
Mischa Ravenswood
Lt. Tim Crane
Dr. Charles Strauss
Sgt. Kelvaney
Axel Kronstadt
Adolph Springer
Arthur Batanides ...
Pamela Rodgers ...
Jennifer Bishop ...
Joanna Clay


Sam Smith is forced to move into the run down Flushing, New York house of his entertainment business partner Ernest Grey after they are evicted from their offices for making pornographic movies and losing all their money and equipment in the process. Ernie originally bought the house on Sam's ill-advice of the property soon being expropriated for a highway, which never happened. Further adding to the house's lack of appeal is that it is located next to a cemetery. As Ernie tries to sell the house, which is run by his devoted but exasperated housekeeper Molly Fletcher who hates Sam, he rents out rooms in it. As soon as Sam moves in, strange occurrences happen in the neighborhood, including a mutilated body being found in the cemetery, and one of their neighbors, Mrs. Potter, being attacked by a howling man. Ernie's new physician, Dr. Charles Strauss, believes that Ernie's developing symptoms, including a need to howl, points to him turning into a werewolf, which may explain the ravaged... Written by Huggo

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18 June 1969 (USA)  »

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Strange Case of...!#*%  »

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Maudie Prickett's final feature film performance. See more »


Ernest Grey: That's a cop-out... nothing is explained.
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A Madcap 60's Comedy that is a must-see for its wacky ending!
25 February 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

If you're like me and like the crazy comedies of the 60's, then it would be worth checking out this one. The chemistry of Dan Rowan (1922-1987) and Dick Martin (1922-date) was fantastic and at times was sorely needed to carry this film which starts out slow, but picks up laughs as it goes. The story involves Ernest Gray (Dick Martin) buying a house in Flushing, Queens, New York. There's a murder in the neighborhood, wacky neighbors who act like vampires, and it turns out everybody's looking for $2 Million worth of diamonds left in the house by the previous owner. By the end of the movie, just about everyone is dead, and in wacky '60's style, Rowan and Martin actually argue on camera as to how the movie should finish. The hysterical ending, along with beauties Carol Lynley and Julie Newmar, make this otherwise lame comedy bearable.

Good for a rainy Saturday Afternoon!

Recommended from the '60's: Peter Sellers in: I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968), The Party (1968), The Magic Christian (1969).

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