The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

USA, 1942
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Mirrorphonic Recording), English

An American comedy horror film directed by Lew Landers.

Plot Summary

Professor Nathaniel Billings and his sidekick Dr Lawrence are trying to create a race of supermen in the basement of a New England house which they then sell to a young couple. They open it as a hotel and as the guests start to arrive, the mad scientists have the perfect supply of unwitting subjects for their experiments.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Lew Landers
Copyright MCMXLII [1942] by Columbia Pictures Corp.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Colbert Clark
Screen Play by: Edwin Blum
Based on a Story by: Hal Fimberg & Robert B. Hunt
Adaptation by: Paul Gangelin
Assistant Director: Seymour Friedman [uncredited]
Director of Photography: Henry Freulich
Film Editor: Richard Fantl
Music: Leigh Harline [uncredited], John Leipold [uncredited], Paul Mertz [uncredited]
Musical Director: M. W. Stoloff
Sound: C. Althouse [uncredited], John Goodrich [uncredited]

Art Direction: Lionel Banks
Associate: Robert Peterson
Interior Decorator: George Montgomery

Boris Karloff (Professor Nathaniel Billings)
Peter Lorre (Dr Lorentz)
Maxie Rosenbloom (Maxie)
Larry Parks (Bill Layden)
(Miss) Jeff Donnell (Winnie Slade)
Maude Eburne [Amelia Jones] *
Don Beddoe [J. Gilbert Brampton] *
George McKay [Ebenezer] *
Frank Puglia [Silvio Bacigalupi] *
Eddie Laughton [Mr Johnson] *
Frank Sully [Police Officer Starrett] *
James Morton [Trooper Frank Quincy] *



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.7 p.11
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.149 no.4 (24 October 1942)
  • Today’s Cinema vol.60 no.4838 (10 February 1943)
  • Today’s Cinema vol.71 no.5708 (1 October 1948)


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.110
  • Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.241; 384
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.37
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.23-25
  • Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.38-39 – review
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.110-111; 112
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.42
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.44 – credits