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Here Come the Boogie Men

USA 1940
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directed by David Butler
starring Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Helen Parrish, Dennis O’Keefe, Alma Kruger, Joseph Eggenton, the Kay Kyser Band, Harry Babbitt, Ginny Simms, Ish Kabibble (= M.A.Bogue), Sully Mason
story by David Butler, James V.Kern, screenplay by James V.Kern, special effects by Vernon L.Walker

review by
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Chuck (Dennis O’Keefe) has seen to it that Kay Kyser and his band play at his fiancée Janis’ (Helen Parrish) birthdayparty, held at, of all places, her aunt Margo (Alma Kruger) very own haunted house. Soon, Chuck and Kay find out there’s something very fishy going on with aunt Margo’s own spiritualist Prince Saliano (Bela Lugosi) – but fortunately, her personal friend Judge Mainwaring (Boris Karloff) has already taken precautions and invited professor Fenninger (Peter Lorre) to expose Saliano. Kay and Chuck are relieved and help the two of them – not knowing of course that both of them are actually in league with Saliano, in a scheme to get every last penny out of aunt Margo before her fortune is transferred to Janis at her birthday. Rather by accident, Kay and Cuck discover a whole array of hidden passageways, secret doors and sliding panels that seem to connect the rooms of aunt Margo’s house in an uncanny manor, and they also discover Saliano’s secret lair, the place from which he controls the miracles of his seances. But when they suggest to the profesor and the judge to make Saliano do another séance, they pay right into their hands, and despite all of Kay’and Chuck’s efforts, in the end the bad guys seem to win, shutting Janis, Chuck, Kay and band, aunt Margo and all the party guests into the house’s ballroom with a stick of nicely lit dynamite. But the day is saved by a dog who has been taught to retrieve a stick to the one who threw it, and be it a stick of dynamite - and boom go the bad guys …

 

Weak horror comedy that is centered not so much around its three boogie men Karloff, Lugosi and Lorre but more around Kay Kyser – which is a pity inasmuch as Kyser might have been a good bandleader, but as an actor and comedian he rather sucked, not at all helped of course by a weak script that is indecisive about whether to make a fool out of Kyser or the hero of the film. And that the movie is ever so often interrupted at the least appropriate moments by a musical number or two by Kyser and band might please music lovers, but it seriously destroys the pace of the film – which is off mostly anyways.

Not really something you should watch, even as a fan of Karloff, Lugosi and Lorre.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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