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Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Approved | | Horror, Comedy | 24 October 1941 (USA)
The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger,... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writers:

Carl Foreman (original story by), Charles R. Marion (original story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Nardo
Leo Gorcey ... Muggs
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy
Ernest Morrison ... Scruno (as Sunshine Sammy Morrison)
Dave O'Brien ... Jeff Dixon (as David O'Brien)
Dorothy Short Dorothy Short ... Linda Mason
David Gorcey ... Peewee
Donald Haines ... Skinny
Dennis Moore ... Dr. Von Grosch
P.J. Kelly P.J. Kelly ... Lem Harvey (as P.J. Kelley)
Angelo Rossitto ... Luigi
Guy Wilkerson ... Constable
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Storyline

The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger, and they are forced to seek aid at an old mansion. The owner of the mansion (Lugosi), insists that the boys spend the night. After seeing PeeWee walk around the house in a trance, the boys decide that the man turned him into a zombie. They gang up on him and tie him up. The nurse at the boys camp (Dorothy Short) sets out to find the missing boys with Von Grosch (Dennis Moore), who has come to rid the town of the killer- or has he? Written by Anonymous

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Horror | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghosts in the Night See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Banner Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Product placement: When the boys get off the bus and go into the sweet shop at the beginning of the film, in the background there is a large advertising poster for Avalon cigarettes. Introduced in 1933 by Brown & Williamson as a "budget" brand, it sold for only ten cents a pack - five to ten cents less than most other leading brands at the time. See more »

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When various characters are moving around carrying candles or lit matches in otherwise dark rooms, the upraised arms, candles and matches are lit, casting shadows of them on the walls behind. See more »

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My Favorite East Side Kids Movie
23 August 2006 | by wdbasingerSee all my reviews

Being a fan of old "B" moves from the 1930s and 1940s, this is a real gem from one of the so-called Poverty Row studios, in this case, Monogram Studios. Some of these so-called Poverty Row films have a charm all their own. I am a fan of both Bela Lugosi on one hand and The East Side Kids on the other. The East Side Kids started off as a group called the Dead End Kids from Warner Studios and I prefer their films that they made for Monogram. Other good movies of the series are "Ghosts on the Loose" (also with Bela Lugosi as well as a young actress named Ava Gardner), "Bowery Blitzkrieg", and "Mr. Wise Guy".

Anyway, "Spooks Run Wild" is the best of the lot with fine old fashioned atmosphere (great cemetery scenes and a creepy old house), great wisecracks, and hold-on-to-your-seat suspense with a misanthropic villain called the "Monster Killer".

Great film for Holloween.

Dan Basinger


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