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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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Sam Smith
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Ernest Grey
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Robin Sherwood
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Carlotta Ravenswood
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Molly Fletcher
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Mischa Ravenswood
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Lt. Tim Crane
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Dr. Charles Strauss
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Sgt. Kelvaney
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Axel Kronstadt
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Adolph Springer
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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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Maudie Prickett's final feature film performance. See more »

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Intertitle card: [as US Navy theme song "Anchors Aweigh" plays] Our grateful acknowledgement to the United States Navy who wanted nothing to do with this picture - but reluctantly lent us their song.
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Strange off shoot of Laugh-in is sporadically funny
6 November 2005 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is essentially an updated Abbott and Costello film for 1969 with Rowan and Martin standing in for Bud and Lou. The plot has the boys wandering around a "haunted" house looking for hidden jewels while trying to remain alive and avoid "werewolves" and "vampires". Its a weird mix of comedy horror and mystery put together in a psychedelic blender. Its very much of the time, and of Laugh-In with the brand of humor that was a huge hit on TV interlaced into a murder mystery. Forgive me I have no idea how to explain this movie except that its a bunch of very good actors being very silly, I mean where else can you see Fritz Weaver channeling Bela Lugosi for giggles? The humor is uneven, with some of the jokes dating badly to the point that unless you lived in 1969 you won't get the joke. Its an odd film. I don't know if I can really recommend it, though if you like Laugh-In you stand a good shot at enjoying this 90 minute fluff ball. (though I do have to point out I grew to dislike Dan Rowan's character a great deal since he was much too mean spirited and sleazy for my tastes)


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