Spooks Run Wild (1941)

USA, 1941
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Phil Rosen. It was first released in the USA on 24 October 1941 1The Monogram Checklist by Ted Okuda pp.127-128

Plot Summary

The East Side Kids wind up in a small town in the country where they hear the news that a serial killer is on the loose. At a nearby mansion they meet the sinister Nardo and dwarf companion. Believing that one of their number has been turned into a zombie, the capture Nardo – but is he really the killer?


Directed by: Phil Rosen
Copyright MCMXLI by Monogram Pictures Corporation
Astor Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Sam Katzman, Banner Pictures Corp.
Associate Producer: Pete Mayer
Production Manager: Ed W. Rote
Original Story and Screenplay by: Carl Foreman, Charles R. Marion
Additional Dialogue: Jack Henley
Assistant Director: Art Hammond
Photography: Marcel Le Picard
Film Editor: Robert Golden
Musical Directors: Lange and Porter [real names: Johnny Lange and Lew Porter]
Recording: Glen Glenn
Settings: Fred Preble

Bela Lugosi (Nardo)
Leo Gorcey (Mugs)
Bobby Jordan (Danny)
Huntz Hall (Glimpy)
Sunshine Sammy Morrison (Scruno)
David O’Brien (Jeff Dixon)
Dorothy Short (Linda Mason)
David Gorcey (PeeWee)
Donald Haines (Skinny)
Dennis Moore (Von Grosch)
P.J. Kelly (Lem Harvey)
Angelo Rossitto (Luigi)
Guy Wilkerson (constable)

See also
Ghost Catchers (1951)
The Ghost Creeps (1940)
Ghosts on the Loose (1943)

Extracts included in
Horrible Horror (1986)



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