Monday, July 5, 2010

HENRY ALDRICH HAUNTS A HOUSE / Paramount Pictures - 1943

Welcome again to Moldie Oldie Monday, here at the Dungeon! Today, Tabonga and li'l helper Rufus the Gnat bring you a fun little comedy thriller with every mother's favorite son, Henry Aldrich. There were a total of 12 movies starring the Aldrich family, Jackie Cooper played Henry in the first two, then Jimmy Lydon finished out the series with with his signature nerdy crackling adolescent voice!

The plot goes like this... Henry drinks a serum to become super strong and ends up in a 'haunted' house.

This flick is one of over 700 Paramount productions filmed between 1929 and 1949 which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution!

"Henry!.. HENRY!"

"Coming, mother!"

Henry and mom are featured in Bob Clampett's BOOK REVUE Looney Tune from 1946! That cartoon is top 10 of all time, and, Mel Blanc was a better singer than most crooners!!!

Music is by Gerard Carbonara. Gerald had an above average career with 71 composing and 128 music department credits between 1928 and his last uncredited composition in 1960.

Some of the films he worked on are THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1928), YOUNG EAGLES, THE MOON'S OUR HOME, SKY PARADE, GIRL OF THE OZARKS, THE DEVIL IS DRIVING, ARTISTS AND MODELS ABROAD, STAGECOACH, GERONIMO, DR. CYCLOPS, THE MONSTER AND THE GIRL and AMONG THE LIVING!

Okay then, why don't we get this here Eariffic Earclip a rollin'... Today, Rufus is using a little mallet to hit the big red 'GO' button to start the dominos falling, just in time for!.. HENRY HAUNTS A HOUSE!

Can anybloody believe this is what high school used to be like?.. Hard to!!

As always, it's about guys trying to impress girls, and that's where the trouble always starts! But, we wouldn't have it any other way!

Henry's trying to impress Elise Towers, daughter of the local nutty professor!

Elise shows Henry some of her father's inventions and secret potions he's working on. When Elise leaves for a moment, Henry drinks down a bottle of liquid that makes him super strong. And, what better way to impress a girl, right?!

Henry, Elise and Dizzy end up at Creep House, which is supposedly haunted...

But, something weird actually is going on there!

Henry's not sure if he wasn't responsible for the disappearances.

Welp, it's back to Creep House, somebloody's got to get to the bottom of this mystery!

Like in Scooby-Doo, the gang gets separated, and Dizzy has his moments of terror!

Don't do that, you knucklehead!

Then it happens, Henry finds... A MUMMY!

Henry has to go see a shrink to evaluate how crazy he is!

The potion Henry drank did create an alter ego, and who's having lots more fun than Henry is!

Big mystery finally solved, that mummy's the guy everbloody's been looking for!..

And, Henry's back to his old, normal self!!..

***July 16th will be our phenominal 1000th posting, with a Friday Night Drive-In offering of a Corman classic from 1956 we've been saving for some special occasion!!

1 comment:

prof. grewbeard said...

speaking of The Monster And The Girl, that is a film i cannot recommend enough, the plot sounds so conventional, but the way it's put together is totally unique and completely transcendental!...

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