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SPOOK BUSTERS (1946) ***

Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, and the rest of the Bowery Boys graduate from Exterminating School and get their first job killing bugs at an old mansion.  The house is in fact a hiding place for a mad scientist and his henchman.  Predictably, he wants to put Huntz’s brain into his pet gorilla and it’s up to Leo and the Boys to stop him.

 

Spook Busters is a virtual remake of two other Bowery Boys movies, Ghosts on the Loose and Spooks Run Wild.  (The only difference is that the Boys are trying to kill bugs at the house and not redecorate it.)   Oddly enough, the plot’s over-familiarity kinda works in the movie’s favor.  I have to admit that I’m a sucker for the old Fake-Ghosts-in-a-Haunted-House bit, so Spook Busters went down pretty smoothly for me.  Some of you out there who have a lower tolerance for movies about haunted houses with secret passageways, guys hiding inside of paintings, and men in monkey suits will probably want to steer clear of it.

 

It also helps that the gags are pretty funny.  I think the funniest part is when Gorcey meets his friend’s French wife and tries to speak French to her.  He also gets the best line of the movie when he first enters the dilapidated house and says, “It looks like an undertaker’s rumpus room!”

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