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Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)

TV-G | | Comedy, Family, Horror | May 1967 (USA)
Country singers on their way to Nashville get in between a shoot out between Spies and the local Sheriff, forcing them to stop at an old haunted mansion. Soon they realize that the house is... See full summary »


Jean Yarbrough


Duke Yelton (original story), Duke Yelton (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferlin Husky Ferlin Husky ... Woody Wetherby
Joi Lansing ... Boots Malone
Don Bowman Don Bowman ... Jeepers
John Carradine ... Dr. Himmil
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Maximillian (as Lon Chaney)
Linda Ho ... Madame Wong
Basil Rathbone ... Gregor
Molly Bee ... Molly Bee - Singer
Merle Haggard ... Merle Haggard - Singer
Sonny James Sonny James ... Sonny James - Singer
Jim Kent Jim Kent ... Jim Kent - Singer
Marcella Wright Marcella Wright ... Marcella Wright - Singer
Richard Webb ... Agent Jim Meadows
Larry Barton Larry Barton ... Hillbilly
George Barrows ... Anatole the gorilla


Country singers on their way to Nashville get in between a shoot out between Spies and the local Sheriff, forcing them to stop at an old haunted mansion. Soon they realize that the house is not only haunted, but is also the headquarters of a ring of international spies after a top secret formula for rocket fuel. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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They'll scare your pants off...and give you the chill of your life! See more »


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Release Date:

May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Party See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)


Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Riffed by the guys from MST3K under the Rifftrax name, Michael J Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy See more »


Dark storm clouds and thunder and lightning are shown in the sky, but the midday sun is still obviously brightly shining on the cast. See more »


[first lines]
[Boots, Woody and Jeepers blunder into a shootout between lawmen and enemy agents]
Deputy Sheriff: [to one of the spies] Drop it!
Sheriff: [to the entertainers] It's okay. Sorry you got caught in the middle.
Woody Wetherby: What's goin' on?
Sheriff: Spies.
Jeepers: Spies?
Sheriff: That's right - over in Acme City and in these hills. They're all over the place.
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Referenced in N*u*r*s*e*s of the 407th (1982) See more »


Jamboree Time
Performed by Ferlin Husky, Joi Lansing, Don Bowman
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I LIKE this movie . . .what about it?
19 April 2003 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

It is easy to dismiss this movie as something that belongs on the bottom half of a double bill or late night television; but I happen to enjoy it. Lon Chaney, John Carradine and Basil Rathbone together again for the first time since THE BLACK SLEEP (1956) and on far more equal terms than they were in the earlier film. Okay so they leave no cliche untouched, from the Oriental "Dragon Lady" top spy to the gorilla in a cage but there are good moments in the film too. Just watch the scene where Lon Chaney takes the secret plans away from the traitorous government worker. Lon waits for just a heartbeat before turning back into the room, pulling his gun and declaring "If you'd betray your country you'd also betray us." and shoots the man dead. A great dramatic moment and not what you would expect from a musical comedy. Unfortunately the movie is very patronising of Southerners. Woody and Jeepers are your basic "scared of everything" backwoods boys. Boots (Joi Lansing) does not have a Southern drawl and at one point declares "Well I for one do not believe in ghosts." making her the most level headed one in the group. As for the music, there is plenty. All Boots has to do is say "Hey Woody, sing a song." for the plot to stop dead in its tracks so Ferlin Husky can warble another country tune. My biggest argument is that the movie goes on for another 20 minutes AFTER it should end! After the bad guys have been rounded up and the spies are in custody we get one whole REEL of country western singers performing their specialties at what is supposed to be a big Nashville Jamboree but looks like a high school auditorium. Granted this is probably the only chance many viewers will get to see old time singers like Molly Bee and Marcella Wright so just relax and enjoy the music.

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