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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 »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Edmond Seward (original screenplay), Tim Ryan (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Gorcey ... Terence Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney
Huntz Hall ... Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
Douglass Dumbrille ... Dr. Coslow
Bobby Jordan ... Bobby
Gabriel Dell ... Gabe 'Gabie' Moreno
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
David Gorcey ... Chuck
Tanis Chandler ... Mignon Moreno
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Dr. Bender
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Grimm
Charles Middleton ... Mr. Stiles
Chester Clute ... Brown
Richard Alexander ... Ivan
Bernard Gorcey ... Louis Xavier 'Louie' Dumbrowski
Charles Millsfield Charles Millsfield ... Dean Pettyboff
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Fun's Getting FEAROCIOUS! MAD DOCTORS! HAUNTED HOUSES! GORILLAS! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

24 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost Busters See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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 Bowery to Bagdad (1955) See more »

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Surprisingly...pretty much a typical Bowery Boys film.
10 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Because this is an early Bowery Boys film, it features more than just Slip (Leo Gorcey) and Sach (Huntz Hall). Bobby Jordan and Whitey are on hand and the film is a better than average one for the team as a result. In the later films, any real pretense of a gang of friends is gone and it basically was the Slip & Sach Show...and the pictures were much more repetitive and less enjoyable.

The film begins with the boys graduating...from exterminator school. Soon they have their own insect extermination business and they are asked to take care of a creepy mansion that appears to be abandoned. But, there's actually a nutty scientist hiding in the basement doing experiments. At first he tries to scare away the boys but when he meets Sach he knows he'll be the perfect candidate for a brain transplant with gorilla!

Surprisingly enough, this enjoyable nonsense is pretty typical of a Bowery Boys film! The weird haunted house and brain transplant are both themes that would be repeated many times during the course of this franchise. It's very enjoyable if you like that sort of thing...and for others it might be a bit of a trial to get through this B-movie silliness.


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