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Zombies on Broadway (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 1 May 1945 (USA)
Two bumbling press agents must search for a zombie to fulfill a commitment to their ex-gangster boss's new nightclub or face the consequences.


Gordon Douglas


Lawrence Kimble (screenplay), Robert Faber (original story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Wally Brown ... Jerry Miles
Alan Carney ... Mike Strager
Bela Lugosi ... Professor Paul Renault
Anne Jeffreys ... Jean La Danse
Sheldon Leonard ... Ace Miller
Frank Jenks ... Gus
Russell Hopton ... Benny
Joseph Vitale ... Joseph
Ian Wolfe ... Prof. Hopkins
Louis Jean Heydt ... Douglas Walker
Darby Jones ... Kalaga - the Zombie


Two inept press agents are ordered to the island of San Sebastian to get a zombie for an opening night publicity stunt of a nightclub. They find a likely source in Dr. Paul Renault, who has spent much time studying (and experimenting) on the subject, but Renault has other ideas. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Two zanies on a zombie hunt! (Lobby card). See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Horror


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Second zombie movie for Bela Lugosi: he had previously played the zombie master in the excellent independent feature, White Zombie (1932). See more »


Jerry Miles: You see, we're doing some research work on zombies, and he said you could help us.
Dr. Paul Renault: The fool! I know nothing about zombies. I came here to study a strange coconut blight.
Mike Streger: Coconut blight? He said it was a banana blight.
Dr. Paul Renault: Oh, Joseph is color blind.
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Referenced in Brainfood Reviewed: White Zombie & DayZ (2017) See more »

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Do Do That Voodoo That You Do So Well...
23 April 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Paramont had Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; Universal had Abbott and Costello. RKO responded with Alan Carney and Wally Brown--and although they never challenged Crosby and Hope or Abbott and Costello, they were popular enough to justify a dozen or so "B" pictures during the mid-1940s. The best of these is ZOMBIES ON Broadway, a weird little parody similar to Crosby and Hope's ghost-busting flicks and Abbott and Costello's meetings with every classic monster from Dracula to the Werewolf.

What makes ZOMBIES ON Broadway fun is the absolute absurdity of its plot. Carney and Brown are publicity agents hired by gangster Sheldon Leonard to promote a nightclub called "The Zombie Hut"--and much against their will find themselves sent to the island of San Sebastiane with instructions to bring back a real Zombie for the club's opening. Once on the island, they encounter none other than Bela Lugosi, who can still do that voodoo that he did so well in such 1930s classics as WHITE ZOMBIE. This isn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination, and it certainly won't make any critic's short list--but it is just strange and weird enough to hold your attention through its fairly short running time. The entire cast plays very broadly, and the script is about as subtle as a wrecking ball, but its all in good fun. Recommended as ultra-light entertainment.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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Release Date:

1 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Loonies on Broadway See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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