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Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 July 1943 (USA)
The East Side Kids try to fix up a house for newlyweds, but find the place next door "haunted" by mysterious men.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writer:

Kenneth Higgins (original screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Mugs McGinnis
Huntz Hall ... Glimpy
Bobby Jordan ... Danny
Bela Lugosi ... Emil
Ava Gardner ... Betty
Rick Vallin ... Jack
Ernest Morrison ... Scruno (as Sammy Morrison)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Benny (as Billy Benedict)
Stanley Clements ... Stash
Bobby Stone Bobby Stone ... Dave
Minerva Urecal ... Hilda
Wheeler Oakman ... Tony
Peter Seal Peter Seal ... Bruno
Frank Moran ... Monk
Jack Mulhall ... Lieutenant
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Storyline

Glimpy's surprisingly beautiful sister is getting married to Jack, a young engineer, and moving to a 'bargain' suburban house neither has ever seen. During the honeymoon, the East Side Kids decide to fix up the house for the newlyweds...but mistakenly pick the 'haunted' house next door, which is occupied by some mysterious live men, dodging in and out of secret panels and clearly up to no good... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

The EAST SIDE KIDS vs. the Man of a THOUSAND HORRORS! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The East Side Kids Meet Bela Lugosi See more »

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Budget:

$85,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(DVD) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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In the credits, Bobby Stone is billed as playing "Dave", and Bill Bates is billed as playing "Sleepy". In actuality, Stone plays the role of "Rocky", and it's Bates who plays "Dave" (a character who is, indeed, defined by his sleepiness). See more »

Quotes

Scruno: [whispering] Mister, you dropped your flowers,
[normal tone]
Scruno: I guess he didn't hear me.
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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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better than a rainy day
1 June 2006 | by agamemnon3See all my reviews

Slapstick meets Bela Lugosi in this all-but-forgotten 1943 comedy. Just think about that statement... Comedy, Bela Lugosi. And that right there is why I allowed myself to splurge 2 bucks for a used VHS copy, because the very concept made me crack a smile.

But although Lugosi's performance can't be argued with, the plot underpinning his role certainly doesn't help to elevate this film to award-winning, or even memorable, status. There isn't any "bad" acting from anyone on the cast. It would be more accurate to say that each part was played with about as much talent and gusto as it required. While Lugosi can just walk on screen and be effective by looking like himself, the other parts are a little trickier. There is a doofus, a few cronies, a guy getting married, or a very flat Ava Gardner, so take your pick. There isn't much depth behind those parts that a halfhack drama student couldn't pull off with a hangover, so they are adequately acted.

But all criticisms of writing and the very nature of crackerjack comedy aside, the whole thing was pretty good. There are plenty of gags and stupid lines to keep anyone with at least half a heart interested. Paintings with moving eyes, secret passages, etc. The gags get old from the start but some of the lines just snap off like popcorn and I appreciate that type of writing. It's an older, fast-talking style that Hollywood tends to ignore nowadays, if people are even writing like that any longer, but I doubt it; there's too much interest in color film, sex and violence to make dialogue important.

This film has no blood, no senseless violence, no gratuitous sex, and no crass language. Don't get me wrong, there is an upside (heh). So I'm not going to pretend that I'm too cool to say this wasn't any good, because it's funny, simple, and downright ridiculous. All I mean to say is that when those factors are combined in a script today, they doubtlessly create a tasteless, fluffy PG sleeper not worth the price of the ticket. This movie is different, however, just don't expect a cinematic masterpiece. Expect it to be what the title suggests, a simple and stupid comedy starring Bela Lugosi as a secret Nazi, and you've got to love that.


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