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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
... Dr. Coslow
... Bobby
... Gabe 'Gabie' Moreno
... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
... Chuck
... Mignon Moreno
Maurice Cass ... Dr. Bender
... Mrs. Grimm
... Mr. Stiles
... Brown
... Ivan
... Louis Xavier 'Louie' Dumbrowski
Charles Millsfield ... Dean Pettyboff
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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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Comedy | Mystery

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24 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Ghost Busters  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When Gabe arrives at the sweet shop, he is wearing his enlisted U.S. Navy uniform. The insignia on his sleeve indicates he was a Chief Electrician's Mate. On the right breast he is also wearing the Honorable Dischage insignia (also known as the "Ruptured Duck") indicating he had been honorably discharged from the Navy. See more »

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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 »

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Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney: We need to know the width of the mouse.
Louis Xavier 'Louie'Dumbrowski: About one mouse wide.
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Followed by Blonde Dynamite (1950) See more »

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Digging Up an Old Plot
5 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Leader Leo Gorcey (as Slip) and "The Bowery Boys" graduate from extermination school, and get off on a ghost-busting assignment. Actually, Huntz Hall (as Sach) is the school "dunce", and doesn't really graduate; but, he goes along anyway. Eventually, Mr. Hall is strapped down on an operating table, where mad doctor Douglass Dumbrille (as Coslow) intends to cut out his brain - and implant it in a gorilla!

The "old dark house" plot was dug up fairly often by Gorcey's groups (earliest in 1940's "Boys of the City"), with surprisingly little success. This "Spook Busters" is neither spooky nor funny. In a desperate attempt to induce chuckles, the climax is done in slow-motion. Gabriel Dell and supporting team players Bobby Jordan (as Bobby), William "Billy" Benedict (as Whitey), and David Gorcey (as Chuck) valiantly try to help.

*** Spook Busters (8/24/46) William Beaudine ~ Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Douglass Dumbrille, Bobby Jordan


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