Spook Busters (1946)

68 mins | Comedy | 24 August 1946

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Ghost Busters . This was the first picture Gabriel Dell made as a Bowery Boy, although he had previously appeared in the "Dead End Kids" "The Little Tough Guys" and "The East Side Kids" films. According to modern sources, Spook Busters was one of the pictures that inspired the 1984 hit film Ghostbusters . For more information on "The Bowery Boys" series, consult the Series Index and see above entry for Live Wires ... More Less

The film's working title was Ghost Busters . This was the first picture Gabriel Dell made as a Bowery Boy, although he had previously appeared in the "Dead End Kids" "The Little Tough Guys" and "The East Side Kids" films. According to modern sources, Spook Busters was one of the pictures that inspired the 1984 hit film Ghostbusters . For more information on "The Bowery Boys" series, consult the Series Index and see above entry for Live Wires . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Aug 1946.
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Daily Variety
15 Aug 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Aug 46
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 46
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
24 May 46
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Aug 46
p. 3138.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Aug 46
p. 3162.
Variety
11 Dec 46
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jan Grippo Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Ghost Busters
Release Date:
24 August 1946
Production Date:
mid May--late May 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 August 1946
Copyright Number:
LP535
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11782
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jobs are scare after the Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey and Chuck--graduate from exterminating school, and when the Brown Realty Company hires them to exterminate the Menlo estate, the boys eagerly set off, undeterred by rumors that the place, which was formerly owned by a magician, is haunted. They almost change their minds when they arrive, however, as the house is dark and is located next to a graveyard. Inside the house, the boys are frightened by mysterious happenings such as lights that turn on at odd moments, pictures that move and strange messages that appear on the walls. Unknown to the boys, the house is being used as a hideaway for Dr. Coslow, who, with the help of his prisoner, Dr. Bender, plans to transplant a human brain into a gorilla. The boys receive extra help when Gabe, who has returned from the Navy, arrives with his French wife Mignon. Sach disappears when he plays a tune on a piano, which causes the wall to rotate. Then, Mignon is captured by Coslow's men. While Coslow watches on closed circuit television, the boys search for their two missing friends. Meanwhile, Mignon and Sach both discover that Coslow has built a laboratory in the basement, whose entrance is located in an outside grave. Coslow decides that Sach is the perfect person for his experiment, but before he can carry out the operation, Slip accidentally finds the laboratory as well. With Dr. Bender's help, Slip slows down Coslow's men by dousing them with ether. The rest of the boys eventually break through the ceiling into the lab and attempt to subdue Coslow. In the ... +


Jobs are scare after the Bowery Boys--Slip, Sach, Bobby, Whitey and Chuck--graduate from exterminating school, and when the Brown Realty Company hires them to exterminate the Menlo estate, the boys eagerly set off, undeterred by rumors that the place, which was formerly owned by a magician, is haunted. They almost change their minds when they arrive, however, as the house is dark and is located next to a graveyard. Inside the house, the boys are frightened by mysterious happenings such as lights that turn on at odd moments, pictures that move and strange messages that appear on the walls. Unknown to the boys, the house is being used as a hideaway for Dr. Coslow, who, with the help of his prisoner, Dr. Bender, plans to transplant a human brain into a gorilla. The boys receive extra help when Gabe, who has returned from the Navy, arrives with his French wife Mignon. Sach disappears when he plays a tune on a piano, which causes the wall to rotate. Then, Mignon is captured by Coslow's men. While Coslow watches on closed circuit television, the boys search for their two missing friends. Meanwhile, Mignon and Sach both discover that Coslow has built a laboratory in the basement, whose entrance is located in an outside grave. Coslow decides that Sach is the perfect person for his experiment, but before he can carry out the operation, Slip accidentally finds the laboratory as well. With Dr. Bender's help, Slip slows down Coslow's men by dousing them with ether. The rest of the boys eventually break through the ceiling into the lab and attempt to subdue Coslow. In the meantime, one of the gang who has gone for help, finally returns with the police, who round up Coslow and his men. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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