Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American borderline horror film directed by William Beaudine.

Plot Summary

The East End Kids agree to help do up a house for a newly married couple only to start work on the wrong house, one “haunted” by mysterious figures.


* = uncredited

Directed by: William Beaudine
Copyright MCMXLIII [1943] by Monogram Pictures Corp.
Monogram Pictures Corporation presents a Monogram production
Produced by: Sam Katzman, Jack Dietz, Banner Productions
Associate Producer: Barney Sarecky
Original Screenplay by: Kenneth Higgins
Assistant Director: Arthur Hammond
Photography: Mack Stengler
Film Editor: Carl Pierson
Musical Director: Edward Kay
Sound Engineer: Glen Glenn
Set Director: Dave Milton

Leo Gorcey (Muggs [McGinnis])
Huntz Hall (Glimpy [Williams])
Bobby Jordan (Danny)

Bela Lugosi (Emil)
Ava Gardner (Betty [Williams Gibson])
Rick Vallin (Jack [Gibson])
Ernest Morrison (Scruno)
Billy Benedict (Benny)
Stanley Clements (Stash)
Bobby Stone (Dave)
Minerva Urecal (Hilda)
Wheeler Oakman (Tony)
Peter Seal (Bruno)
Frank Moran (Monk)
Jack Mulhall (Lieutenant [Brady])
Bill Bates (Sleepy)
Tom Herbert *
Robert F. Hill [minister] *
Kay Marvis [bridesmaid] *
Blanche Payson [Mrs ‘Ma' Williams] *

Alternative Titles

Ghosts in the Night – UK
The East Side Kids Meet Bela Lugosi



  • Kine Weekly no.1901 (23 September 1943) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.10 no.118 (October 1943) p.112 – review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.151 no.12 (19 June 1943) p.1374 – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.61 no.4933 (22 September 1943) – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.73 no.5823 (1 July 1949) p.11 – review
  • TV Times 25-31 May 1985 p.45 – credits, review


  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.37-38; 211 – review; credits
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.133-134; 138-139
  • Encyclopedia of American Spy Films by Larry Langman & David Ebner p.152 – credits, note
  • The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.125
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.146-147 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.153 – credits
  • The Monogram Checklist: The Films of Monogram Pictures Corporation, 1931-1952 by Ted Okuda pp.162, 163 – illustrated credits, synopsis, release date
  • Poverty Row Horrors! by Tom Weaver pp.114-121  – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.114, 116-117, 246-247
  • by Walt Lee p.162 – credits