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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 »

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Trivia

The last of many films that Lon Chaney Jr. and John Carradine appeared in together. See more »

Goofs

Filmed at the full frame 4:3 ratio, with lots of dead space above the players' heads, obviously intended for 16:9 wide screen theatrical matting, frequent boom mic intrusions are visible at the top of the frame when viewed on television. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Swinging Doors
(uncredited)
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Merle Haggard
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The final teaming of John Carradine and Lon Chaney
4 December 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Of the 13 feature films in which John Carradine and Lon Chaney both appeared, 1967's "Hillbillys in a Haunted House" was not only the last, it was one of the few where they actually shared any scenes (shot under the working title "Ghost Party"). Joined in villainy by a game, 74 year old Basil Rathbone, the three actors offer the only real novelty to this tired rehash of old dark house clichés, dragged down by its abundance of country music. A sequel to the successful "Las Vegas Hillbillys" (note the spelling!), retaining stars Ferlin Husky and Don Bowman, but replacing the absent Jayne Mansfield with the equally photogenic Joi Lansing. En route to Nashville for a good old fashioned jamboree, the trio break down and have to spend the night in a house that's not really haunted; its actually the home base for spies trying to steal a top secret formula from a local rocket base. John Carradine alternately scowls and grimaces as Dr. Himmil, when he's not mercilessly teasing the gorilla Anatole belonging to Lon Chaney's Maximillian, who goes undercover by getting past an unsuspecting janitor (all he gets for his trouble is a formula combining nitroglycerin and antihistamine!). As Gregor, Basil Rathbone shares most of his scenes with Carradine, using phony ghosts and noises to try to scare off their dimwitted intruders, whom they mistake for agents from M.O.T.H.E.R. (Master Organization to Halt Enemy Resistance). A genuine ghost closes out the spy stuff at 67 minutes, leaving the final two reels open for yet more musical numbers. Chaney is clearly having a grand time, and Rathbone too, while poor Carradine has to remain sullen for the most part, fewer opportunities to be funny (he did enjoy stealing Anatole's banana!). As bad as the film's reputation is, consider how much worse it would have been without its heavyweight cast of screen villains.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1967 (USA) See more »

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Ghost Party See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

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1.37 : 1
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