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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Horror | 3 June 1944 (Portugal)
A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar.

Director:

Lew Landers

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Hal Fimberg (story), Robert B. Hunt (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Prof. Nathaniel Billings
Peter Lorre ... Dr. Arthur Lorencz
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Maxie - the Powder Puff Salesman
Larry Parks ... Bill Layden
Jeff Donnell ... Winnie Slade (as Miss Jeff Donnell)
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Storyline

Winnie Slade, a young divorcee, buys an old historic house from nutty Professor Billings, who lives there with his daffy housekeeper and bizarre neighbors, in order to convert it into a hotel. She allows them to continue to live on the property - unaware that the Professor continues to experiment unsuccessfully on traveling salesmen, the bodies of whom have filled the cellar. They are joined by a variety of eccentric characters including a quack doctor who doubles as the town's sheriff, Winnie's frenetic ex-husband, an oddball choreographer, a punchdrunk traveling salesman, and a lunatic escapee from the Italian army. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1944 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Het gekken kasteel See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The plot of this film has strong similarities to Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), in which both Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre were previously associated - Karloff appeared in the theatrical original (and at least three television adaptations) while Lorre co-starred in the film version. See more »

Goofs

Jeff Donnell's Winnie slips and calls Peter Lorre "Professor Lorre", not Lorenz, and it remains in the film. See more »

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Dr. Lorenz: And if you ever need anything, like medical attention, or fire insurance, or a marriage performed, or a loan, perhaps? I should be delighted to oblige.
Winnie Slade: Doesn't anybody else do anything in Jinxville?
Dr. Lorenz: Oh, they... they vote once a year.
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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) **1/2
30 May 2010 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

Horror King Boris Karloff seems to be having a good time here spoofing his own mad doctor image in this light-hearted black comedy which was probably inspired by ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. As a kindly (but naive) old inventor, the wacky Karloff wants to "aid the war effort" by creating his own homegrown superman. Boris teams up in this one with the offbeat Peter Lorre as another "scientist" and "jack of all trades" to bop unsuspecting subjects over the head for usage in their daffy experiments. One of their dimwitted victims is even Max "Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom. Karloff and Lorre make a good comical duo in the first of a few films where they'd eventually share the spotlight together, and there are some light chuckles to be had in this good natured, if uneven, diversion. **1/2 out of ****


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