Bela and the Boys are both back in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!  Join UNCLE PETE and his ever faithful Beagle OXNARD at LAKE DARK VAULT for the suspense filled 1943 comedy thriller Ghosts On The Loose.  Directed by William Beaudine,it stars Leo Gorcey as Muggs, Huntz Hall as Glimpy (the longest lasting version of his pre-Sach metamorphosizing character name), Bobby Jordan as Danny and Sunshine Sammy Morrison as Scruno.  It also features some other pretty big draws in the world of cinema, including Ava Gardner as Betty and Bela Lugosi as Emil.

     We find Glimpy’s sister Betty (no family resemblance here, fortunately for Ava Gardner) preparing to marry Jack, played by Rick Vailin.  The Boys are helping with all the wedding set-up and preparations including taking care of the music personally.  Jack has recently purchased a little home in the suburbs for which to settle in with his new bride and the Gang decides to go out and do a little extra fixin’ up for the happy couple.  Meanwhile, Jack receives an offer to sell his cottage and make some dough for the reason that the mansion next door is haunted.  Also meanwhile, the Gang confuses the address of the new place and starts fixin’ up the haunted place.  Mysterious doings have the Gang thinking evil is afoot, but little do they realize there’s even eviler evil going on cuz Emil (Bela) and his bunch are Nazis!


One of the most classic exchanges in all of filmdom occurs between Scruno and Emil as the Boys explore the secret passages and Scruno utters the immortal “Who Dat!”  The film also features popular film star Wheeler Oakman as Tony and Stanley Clements as Stash.  Clements, who didn’t appear in any more East Side Kids films would resurface in the 1950’s as Duke, the leader of The Bowery Boys after Leo Gorcey’s retirement.  Plus, make sure to listen for (and watch) Bill Bates as Sleepy, who actually plays the organ in his only East Side Kids appearance in this week’s feature Ghosts On The Loose.

     UNCLE PETE, OXNARD, Max and Stone Dog are relaxing at LAKE DARK VAULT and reminiscing about some of the forgotten pastimes like what they used to do back in the old neighborhood.  Like caber tossing and whittling.  Especially whittling.  UNCLE PETE has broke out his 47 blade pocket knife – including the sterling steel dinner service – and is plying his carving artistry on a prime hunk of stick.  Between wood chips, he finds time to bring you a short from our favorite trio – The Three Stooges.  There’s been a murder committed and Moe, Larry, and Curley are ready to tell their story to get to the bottom of this dastardly deed in the 1936 classic Disorder In The Court.

     Who Dat Say Who Dat When I Say Who Dat?  It could be Scruno, it could be Bela Lugosi, it might just be UNCLE PETE.  It’s whittlin’ and hound dogs, ghosts and nazis, eye pokes and face slaps and a great rendition of Drink To Me Only With Thine EYE (er, I guess that might be Eyes) this Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10PM on channel 4 as UNCLE PETE  brings you Ghosts On The Loose.  It’s the feature presentation on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!

P.S. – In one of those “plate of shrimp” moments, while I was writing this about the Gang what should appear on my cathode ray tube on one of those other channels, but a movie featuring the Dead End Kids. 

 And the lattice of coincidence continues!


~ by UNCLE PETE on May 17, 2012.

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