Just Between Us GHOULS…It’s SCARE-OOUIE! … GHOST CATCHERS screens Weds 10/30

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University
Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, October 30 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Edward F. Cline • 1944
Somewhere between Abbott & Costello and Wheeler & Woolsey in the pantheon of classic Hollywood comedy duos reside the brilliantly anarchic vaudevillians Olsen & Johnson, best known for their first screen vehicle Hellzapoppin’ but for whom wacky meta-farces would become something of a stock-in-trade. Their third film for Universal Pictures, Ghost Catchers found the pair plopped into the sort of creaky haunted house creepshow the studio was furiously churning out at the time. (It would arrive in theaters a week after The Invisible Man’s Revenge and three weeks before The Mummy’s Ghost.) Employed to help a pair of singing sisters exorcise a paranormal pest from their rented mansion, nightclub owners Olsen and Johnson cook up a series of delightful and ghastly musical numbers (including a ludicrous swing dance routine inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”) chaotic enough to drive out any ghoul holding himself to a haughty standard of good taste. Featuring appearances by Andy Devine, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Ed Wood stalwart Tor Johnson as self-conscious horror movie heavies, Ghost Catchers anticipated the likes of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and sundry other horror-comedies and proved the Olsen & Johnson brand could be pushed to glorious new heights of spooky stupidity. (CW)
68 min • Universal Pictures •  35mm from Universal
Short: Andy Clyde in “Spook to Me” (Harry Edwards, 1945) – 35mm – 17 min

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