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Spook Busters (1946)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 24 August 1946 (USA)
The Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey & Chuck--start their own exterminating service, and get a job which takes them to a spooky old abandoned mansion in the middle of the night. ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Edmond Seward (original screenplay), Tim Ryan (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Douglass Dumbrille ... Dr. Coslow
Bobby Jordan ... Bobby
Gabriel Dell ... Gabe 'Gabie' Moreno
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ... Chuck
Tanis Chandler ... Mignon Moreno
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Dr. Bender
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Grimm
Charles Middleton ... Mr. Stiles
Chester Clute ... Brown
Richard Alexander ... Ivan
Bernard Gorcey ... Louis Xavier 'Louie' Dumbrowski
Charles Millsfield Charles Millsfield ... Dean Pettyboff
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Storyline

The Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey & Chuck--start their own exterminating service, and get a job which takes them to a spooky old abandoned mansion in the middle of the night. Meeting up with pal Gabe and his new French bride, the boys are tormented by mad scientists who try to convince them the place is haunted and then kidnap Sach in order to place his brain inside a gorilla. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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THE JOINT'S JUMPING With Crazy Killers! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

24 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Busters See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the sweet shop, on the wall the gang is about to break open looking for a mouse, hangs a triangular banner that says "Shattuck" over a crest. That banner is for what is now known as Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Fairbault, Minnesota. It is a private day and boarding school that was established in 1858. See more »

Goofs

After Sach lights two candles, his hand shakes so bad it puts the match out. In the very next shot, there are three candles lit. See more »

Quotes

Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney: I know it's hard to believe, but I've seen it with my own optics.
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Connections

Followed by Spook Chasers (1957) See more »

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"Have you got a license to practice the gentle art of extermination?"
12 December 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The Bowery Boys tangle with a mad scientist in this fun fourth entry in the series. This time Slip Mahoney and the gang graduate from exterminator school and launch their own pest control business (from Louie's Sweet Shop). They get a job but, instead of exterminating bugs, they're hired to rid an old mansion of ghosts. There are no ghosts, however, just a scientist and his goons performing experiments.

The regulars are all great. In addition to Leo Gorcey's Slip and Huntz Hall's Sach, the rest of the gang is Whitey (William Benedict), Bobby (Bobby Jordan), Chuck (David Gorcey) and Gabe (Gabriel Dell). This was Dell's first Bowery Boys film, having been with the gang in their prior incarnations as the Dead End Kids and East Side Kids. The always fun Bernard Gorcey appears as Louie. Douglas Dumbrille is enjoyable as the mad scientist. No Karloff or Lugosi but he'll do. There are lots of laughs to be had with the many wonderful lines from Leo Gorcey, particularly his narration. His malapropisms are terrific and he delivers them perfectly. This entry also has a number of great sight gags, including the office for their exterminator business with funny signs all over that have humorously misspelled words. The 'haunted' house is full of the usual bits that one might expect after having seen countless comedies and cartoons involving such plots. Old or not, the bits still work here. It's a funny movie with the Bowery Boys all contributing to the laughs, instead of just Slip and Sach (as often was the case). The slow motion fight scene near the end is a highlight.


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