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Spooks Run Wild

Released Oct 24, 1941 1h 2m Mystery & Thriller Comedy List
Reviews 36% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
The East Side Kids are sent to summer camp, and shortly after arriving they encounter a mysterious man named Nardo (Bela Lugosi). Naturally, the Kids assume Nardo is the "monster killer" they've been warned about. Their theory is strengthened when they see Peewee (David Gorcey), seemingly risen from the dead after getting shot, walking around Nardo's house in a zombie-like trance. The Kids take it upon themselves to capture Nardo before he can kill anyone else. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The only real horror is in how unfunny is the juvenile comedy. Rated: C+ Nov 15, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Phil Rosen made a ton of movies — six entries in the Charlie Chan series alone — but this is his only East Side Kids movie, made for Sam Katzman and Banner Pictures. There had been six films in the series since 1940 — yes, a year — and the movies before this balance comedy and social commentary on being poor in America. For the seventh film, Katzman got Carl Foreman (The Bridge on the River Kwai, High Noon — after which he was blacklisted for six years — and The Guns of Navarone) and Charles R. Marion to write a script that combined the two biggest stars of Monogram Pictures: the kids and Bela Lugosi. How fast did this get made? It was still filming in August and in theaters for Halloween. Muggs (Leo Gorcey), Danny (Bobby Jordan), Glimpy (Huntz Hall), Scruno (Sunshine Sammy Morrison), Skinny (Donald Haines) and Peewee (David Gorcey) are heading to juvenille delinquent summer camp in an area that's being cursed by a monster killer. Also on the way into town are Nardo (Lugosi), his hunchback assistant Luigi (Angelo Rossitto, whose career stretches from Freaks to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, with stops along the way in movies like Mesa of Lost Women, Dracula vs. Frankenstein and The Trip) and master detective Dr. Von Grosch (Dennis Moore, who was in serials all the way to the end, acting in the last Universal Pictures entry in 1946 and the last episodic shorts Columbia Pictures made in 1956). Dave O'Brien, who was Knuckles Dolan in this series before, shows up as does his wife Dorothy Short, who plays the camp nurse. They met on the set of Reefer Madness. Lugosi would return as a Nazi spy in Ghosts on the Loose, teaming him again with the East Side Kids and a young Ava Gardner. Sadly, this was East Side Kid Skinny's last film, as he enlisted as an aviation cadet and was killed in action in two years later. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member The East Side Kids meet Bela Lugosi--65 minutes of totally cool fun!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I'll admit that I'm not sure what was going on here. I stumbled upon this on lovefilm when I was short of time so a one hour film starring Bela Lugosi seemed to fit my needs at the time. I have since discovered that this was the seventh East Side Kids film so perhaps I missed the joke. This is okay as a stand alone but perhaps the highest praise I could give it is that it is mercifully short, much longer and this benefit of doubt that I am currently affording it would have expired. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I grew up watching the East Side Kids (AKA: The Dead End Kids) on Sunday mornings Family Film Festival back in the 70s. I love these goofy movies. i would certainly love to own some of these movies. So glad i get to at least enjoy this East Side Kids flick here on Flixster. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I grew up watching the East Side Kids (AKA: The Dead End Kids) on Sunday mornings Family Film Festival back in the 70s. I love these goofy movies. i would certainly love to own some of these movies. So glad i get to at least enjoy this East Side Kids flick here on Flixster. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member A fun film staring Bela Lugosi and the east side kids. The humor isn't that funny but its an amusing film to view. 6/10 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The East Side Kids are sent to summer camp, and shortly after arriving they encounter a mysterious man named Nardo (Bela Lugosi). Naturally, the Kids assume Nardo is the "monster killer" they've been warned about. Their theory is strengthened when they see Peewee (David Gorcey), seemingly risen from the dead after getting shot, walking around Nardo's house in a zombie-like trance. The Kids take it upon themselves to capture Nardo before he can kill anyone else.
Director
Phil Rosen
Producer
Sam Katzman
Distributor
Monogram Pictures Corporation
Production Co
Banner Productions Inc.
Genre
Mystery & Thriller, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 24, 1941, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 11, 2016
Runtime
1h 2m
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