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One Shivery Night (1950)

Hugh and his partner, Dudley are assigned to demolish a old mansion that's rumored to have a fortune hidden inside somewhere. When they arrive, they meet two fortune hunters who try to scare Hugh and Dudley away.

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Hugh and his partner, Dudley are assigned to demolish a old mansion that's rumored to have a fortune hidden inside somewhere. When they arrive, they meet two fortune hunters who try to scare Hugh and Dudley away.

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One of Hugh Herbert's finest Columbia two-reel comedies...may contain a spoiler or two!!
1 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of the funniest Columbia comedy shorts I've ever seen. The teaming of Hugh Herbert and Dudley Dickerson couldn't have been better. Dickerson (an extremely talented black performer who is probably best remembered as the bewildered chef in the 3 Stooges short "A Plumbing We Will Go") rarely got leading roles, and his performance in this lively scare comedy is tops. Dudley practically steals every scene, and the results are both funny and rewarding.

In this fast-paced short, Hugh and Dudley are hired to demolish a creepy mansion rumored to have a fortune hidden somewhere inside. When the two arrive at the mansion, they are met by two fortune hunters who have been tearing the place apart seeking riches. They mistake Hugh and Dudley as claim jumpers and try to scare the duo away. There are some pretty fun moments, and fans of the 3 Stooges short "The Hot Scots" will recognize one of the masks used during some of the scare tactics.

This is not the first time that Herbert and Dickerson were teamed in comedy shorts. They appeared in 3 other two-reelers with a "haunted house" theme. Fans of this type of comedy will also want to seek out "Nervous Shakedown", "Tall, Dark and Gruesome", and "Get Along Little Zombie". These scare comedies were a very refreshing step away from Herbert's typical two-reel comedies for Columbia, which usually were marital farces pitting Hugh against a misunderstanding wife with plots similar to Leon Errol's series of shorts over at RKO.

I own a 16mm print of "One Shivery Night", and it never fails to bring laughs when shown to an audience. I highly recommend it to fans of two-reel comedies.


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