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Friday, August 20, 2010

Zombies On Broadway (1945)

Two publicity men (Wally Brown, Alan Carney) go to the Caribbean in order to procure a real zombie for a nightclub called The Zombie Hut which is the brainchild of a gangster (Sheldon Leonard, who else?) going legit. Corny, hokey “horror” comedy directed by Gordon Douglas (THEM!) is in the vein of films like the far superior GHOST BREAKERS or ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN. In fact, Brown and Carney come across as a low rent version of Abbott & Costello. Still, if you’re partial to the genre as I am, it can be kind of fun in a dumb movie way and there are a couple of genuinely laugh out loud moments, one of them provided by Bela Lugosi of all people. Who knew he had comedic timing? With Anne Jeffreys as the singing beauty they bring back with them and Ian Wolfe.

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