The Boogie Man Will Get You

Overview

In The Boogie Man Will Get You -- a silly but enjoyable rip-off of Arsenic and Old Lace -- Boris Karloff plays an addlepated scientist who is experimenting with bringing the dead back to life. To do this, he has "killed" several travelling salesmen and placed them in suspended animation in his basement. Karloff is fiercely protected by his housekeeper Maude Eburne, who is none too normal herself. Beauteous real estate agent Jeff Donnell approaches Karloff to buy his New England home; Donnell wishes to turn the ...
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Overview

In The Boogie Man Will Get You -- a silly but enjoyable rip-off of Arsenic and Old Lace -- Boris Karloff plays an addlepated scientist who is experimenting with bringing the dead back to life. To do this, he has "killed" several travelling salesmen and placed them in suspended animation in his basement. Karloff is fiercely protected by his housekeeper Maude Eburne, who is none too normal herself. Beauteous real estate agent Jeff Donnell approaches Karloff to buy his New England home; Donnell wishes to turn the ramshackle domicile into a rustic inn. Other visitors to the Karloff manse are Donnell's ex-husband Larry Parks, and the local sheriff-justice of the peace Peter Lorre! who holds the high-interest mortgage on the house. Travelling peddler Maxie Rosenbloom also shows up, and is promptly made a subject of Karloff's experimentation. It turns out that Karloff has really killed no one -- all the salesmen are merely stunned, especially the dimwitted Rosenbloom -- but the plot is complicated by a real murder, committed by person or persons unknown. As the convoluted storyline runs down, the Karloff home is invaded by an Italian P.O.W. Frank Puglia who is wired with explosives, and finally by representatives of the local booby hatch.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As might be guessed by its title, The Boogie Man Will Get You is silly stuff. It's also more than a bit scattershot in its approach and not particularly well put together -- and yet it's a film that's almost sure to bring a smile to your lips and keep you engaged in its silliness during most of its brief running time. Make no mistake about it, there's a lot that's wrong with Boogie -- the plot is total nonsense, pieces of it don't fit together, the writing is never as sharp or as amusing or as inventive as one wishes, and it's all clearly ripping off Arsenic and Old Lace. But it's fun and lighthearted and never takes itself seriously, and most viewers will forgive its flaws. Besides, it's a treat to see Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre in a farcical comedy, with the former playing comedic riffs on his familiar mad scientist persona to good effect. Karloff was a wonderful actor whose typecasting prevented him from showing how good he could be, so it's always refreshing to see him playing comedy for a change. And Lorre is simply a stitch, turning in a performance that seems largely improvised; whether or not it is, it still has that spontaneity and freshness of feeling. Even "Slapsy Maxie" Rosenbloom comes off well, and as the lover interests, (Miss) Jeff Donnell and Larry Parks manage to not overstay their welcome. It's all a lot of nonsense, and put together in a rather ramshackle manner, but too much fun to lose any sleep over its flaws.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 043396413825
  • Original Release: 1942
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,192

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Prof. Nathaniel Billings
Peter Lorre Dr. Lorentz
"Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom Maxie
Jeff Donnell Winnie Leyden
Larry Parks Bill Leyden
Maude Eburne Amelia Jones
George McKay Ebenezer
Frank Puglia Silvio Baciagalupi
Eddie Laughton Johnson
Frank Sully Officer Starr-ett
James C. Morton Officer Quincy
Don Beddoe J. Gilbert Brampton
Technical Credits
Lew Landers Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Edwin Blum Screenwriter
Colbert Clark Producer
Richard Fantl Editor
Hal Fimberg Original Story
Henry Freulich Cinematographer
Paul Gangelin Screenwriter
George Montgomery Set Decoration/Design
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Boogie Man Will Get You
1. Chapter 1 [9:47]
2. Chapter 2 [10:05]
3. Chapter 3 [10:37]
4. Chapter 4 [10:16]
5. Chapter 5 [10:09]
6. Chapter 6 [8:11]
7. Chapter 7 [7:28]
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