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Ghost Catchers

        Synopsis: Olson and Johnson (of Hellzapoppin' fame) get mixed up with a Southern colonel, his beautiful daughters, a nightclub and a haunted mansion. This film is of the Bowery Boys aka: Dead End Kids film (1946-1956.) Upon moving into a Luxurious Townhouse they begin to hear strange noises and other disturbances, including the sound of someone tap-dancing -- Susanna (Driscoll) runs for help to the next building, which turns out to be a nightclub where Olsen (Ole Olsen) and Johnson (Chic Johnson) are working, They agree to help Susanna out but start hearing strange noises, and bizarre, ghostly apparations seemingly from nowhere, and alleged ghostly goings on. They eventually figure out that the house once belonged to one Wilbur Duffington, a wealthy ne'er-do-well out of New
York's "gilded age"whose main hobbies were tap-dancing and drinking plum brandy, before he fell from a third-story window in the year 1900 at a party he was throwing so they reason that he had to be a real square because he died in 1900, and so they bring in a swing band and a bunch of jitterbug dancers to drive him out, but there is something far more sinister going on. * There is a big Jitterbug Dance Contest in the film. that has many different scenes in many rooms of the house. Many Hollywood, California Swing dancers appear.

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5/30/1944 Universal Picture Edward F. Kline


Country Made:



69 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Comedy Lou Southern / Irene Thomas Jitterbug Very Good

Known Dancers

Actors / Actresses

Barbara Blaine Jean Marley Andy Devine (Househead)
Barbara Hall Jerry Warren Chic Johnson
Bess Flowers (didn't dance) Johnny Duncan Ella Mae Morse (Virginia)
Betty Marion Laurie Sherman Gloria Jean (Melinda)
Betty Stoy Lennie Smith Lon Chaney Jr. (Bear)
Bill Alcorn Lou Southern Leo Carillo (Jerry)
Bob Ashley Marion Musso Kirby Grant (Clay)
Dean Collins (Choreography) Mike Musso Martha O'Driscoll (Susanna)
Don Gallaher Mike Tremini Morton Downey
Genevieve Grazis Nancy Marlow Ole Olsen
Gil Dennis Patti Lacey Walter Catlett (the Colonel)
Gil Hernandez Robert Scheerer Henry Armetta (Signatelli)
Irene Thomas Sheila Roberts  
Jack Archer Tim Taylor


Jack Arkin Venna Archer Dean Collins (Choreography)
Jean Davis   Edward Ward (musical director)
Jerry Warren (Jitterbug)   Louis Da Pron (Choreographer) 

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

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Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

The Raven Kirby Grant and his Orchestra Ghost Chasers
  Ella Mae Morse and the Mel-Tones    

Stage versions of the film

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