The Haunted House

Overview

In the late 1930s-early 1940s, Monogram Pictures hoped to create a popular screen team in the form of teenaged thespians Jackie Moran he was Huck Finn in Selznick's 1938 version of Tom Sawyer and Marcia Mae Jones a former child star who'd been in pictures since the silent days. In The Haunted House, Jackie plays a newsboy, while Marcia is cast as the niece of the paper's publisher. There's a killer loose in town, and both police and reporters are baffled. Jackie and Marcia join forces to catch the killer ...
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Overview

In the late 1930s-early 1940s, Monogram Pictures hoped to create a popular screen team in the form of teenaged thespians Jackie Moran he was Huck Finn in Selznick's 1938 version of Tom Sawyer and Marcia Mae Jones a former child star who'd been in pictures since the silent days. In The Haunted House, Jackie plays a newsboy, while Marcia is cast as the niece of the paper's publisher. There's a killer loose in town, and both police and reporters are baffled. Jackie and Marcia join forces to catch the killer themselves so as to clear their mutual friend of a murder charge. The climax takes place in the haunted house of the title, with thrills and chills abounding. The high slapstick content in The Haunted House can be attributed to screenwriter Monty Collins, a veteran of the Columbia Pictures comedy short subjects unit. The director is Robert McGowan, formerly the guiding hand behind Hal Roach's Our Gang comedies of the 1920s and 1930s.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Five minutes into Monogram's exceedingly sluggish Haunted House and many viewers will suddenly look more kindly towards Warner Bros.' concurrent Nancy Drew whodunits. At least Nancy (Bonita Granville) and Ted Nickerson (Frankie Thomas) had spunk; by contrast, Marcia Mae Jones, a former child actress who always seemed to be on the verge of tears, and erstwhile "Huckleberry Finn," Jackie Moran are insipid juveniles who would have benefited from a strong dose of Monogram delinquency as practiced by those resident holy terrors, the East Side Kids.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 089218464897
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 98,605

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Moran Jimmie
Marcia Mae Jones Mildred
George Cleveland Henshaw
Henry Hall Cy Burton
Jessie Arnold Mrs. Henshaw
Henry Roquemore Rufus Tyler
Buddy Swan Junior
John St. Polis Simkins
Technical Credits
Robert F. McGowan Director
Monte F. Collins Original Story
Dorothy Davenport Screenwriter
William T. Lackey Producer
Jack Leonard Original Story
Harry Neumann Cinematographer
Dorothy Reid Screenwriter
Russell Schoengarth Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [:57]
2. Chapter 2 [9:40]
3. Chapter 3 [10:51]
4. Chapter 4 [11:10]
5. Chapter 5 [10:41]
6. Chapter 6 [12:00]
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