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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror | 3 June 1944 (Portugal)
A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar.


Lew Landers


Hal Fimberg (story), Robert B. Hunt (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Prof. Nathaniel Billings
Peter Lorre ... Dr. Arthur Lorencz
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Maxie - the Powder Puff Salesman
Larry Parks ... Bill Layden
Jeff Donnell ... Winnie Slade (as Miss Jeff Donnell)


Winnie Slade, a young divorcee, buys an old historic house from nutty Professor Billings, who lives there with his daffy housekeeper and bizarre neighbors, in order to convert it into a hotel. She allows them to continue to live on the property - unaware that the Professor continues to experiment unsuccessfully on traveling salesmen, the bodies of whom have filled the cellar. They are joined by a variety of eccentric characters including a quack doctor who doubles as the town's sheriff, Winnie's frenetic ex-husband, an oddball choreographer, a punchdrunk traveling salesman, and a lunatic escapee from the Italian army. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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There's fun in this new type of horror picture...fun for everybody, and everybody loads of fun! (original poster) See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Did You Know?


This is the second of four film teamings of Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, all of them comedies. Others were You'll Find Out (1940), The Raven (1963) and The Comedy of Terrors (1963). See more »


Jeff Donnell's Winnie slips and calls Peter Lorre "Professor Lorre", not Lorenz, and it remains in the film. See more »


Amelia Jones: Everybody in this town knows you made your fortune on snake oil hair restorer.
Dr. Lorenz: Well, what's wrong with that? Where's the hair follicle that can resist 2000 international units of Vitamin A? Where is it?
Prof. Nathaniel Billings: [Bending over and pointing to a spot on top of his head] Right here.
Dr. Lorenz: [Examining it] Hmmm! Oh, hardening of the skull!
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A jumbled, convoluted comedy/thriller with moments of charm
30 January 2008 | by Jim-DSee all my reviews

While the film fails to offer any actual "Boogieman", it does offer up a variety of decent chuckles, courtesy of its then all-star cast. With a goofy set up, likable characters, and some great slapstick, The Boogie Man Will Get You is a decent, fun little romp from yesteryear.

The plot follows a young woman who decides to purchase an old Colonial mansion in the middle of nowhere with the hopes of turning it into a hotel, even though it is barely standing. Her ex-husband finds her only seconds after she has made the purchase (a plot device never fully explained) and tried to convince her she's been swindled. She doesn't care, having become fond of the eclectic cast of characters that inhabit the house... but little does she know, the old man who works in the basement is actually trying to create a race of electric supermen! Bodies begin piling up (or do they?), Peter Lorre shows up playing the town mayor/sheriff/notary with a kitten in his coat pocket, and general Hollywood hijinks ensue. The ending is a mess, but it ends up being so convoluted, it somehow finds charms in all of its lunacy. While far from intelligent entertainment, you could do a lot worse for 66 minutes of your life.

If you're a Karloff or Lorre fan, its well worth seeing. Others, its hit-or-miss.

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Release Date:

3 June 1944 (Portugal) See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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