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You’ll Find Out [Haunted House comedy]

   

You’ll Find Out (1940), starring Kay Kyser, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre

Synopsis of You’ll Find Out

In You’ll Find Out, famous band leader Kay Kyser and his group go to a scary old mansion where they encounter a ghostly seance, a murder plot, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre! It’s spooky fun for all in this ultra rare classic from 1940!

Review

You’ll Find Out is a very enjoyable combination of music, comedy, and fright. The basic story begins with the Kay Kyser band hired to perform at a young heiress’ 21st birthday party. But there’s skullduggery afoot, courtesy of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Peter Lorre. Hidden tunnels, near misses, comedy moments, nice band music all intertwine to make a very enjoyable movie.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cast

  • Kay Kyser (Swing Fever) … Kay Kyser. Wise cracking band leader.
  • Peter Lorre (M, Tales of Terror) … Karl Fenninger. The skeptical psychiatrist. He’s been hired to proved that the “Prince” is a fake. But is he up to anything else?
  • Boris Karloff (The Ghoul) … Judge Spencer Mainwaring. Judge, and family friend. Surely he’s not up to anything …. Right?
  • Bela Lugosi (Dracula 1931) … Prince Saliano. The phony medium.
  • Helen Parrish (Cinderella Swings It)… Janis Bellacrest. The beautiful young heiress. She’s to assume her inheritance when she turns 21, in only a few days. She’s already narrowly avoided several near-fatal “accidents”.
  • Dennis O’Keefe (Hangmen Also Die) … Chuck Deems. Handsome young band member, who’s on the verge of proposing to Janis.
  • Alma Kruger (His Girl Friday) … Aunt Margo Bellacrest. The rich widow, who firmly believes in the supernatural. Janis’ loving aunt, who’s being bilked by “Prince” Saliano.
  • Joseph Eggenton (The Doctor Takes a Wife) … Jurgen. Aunt Margo’s butler.
  • Kay Kyser Band … Kay Kyser’s Band
  • Ginny Simms (Broadway Rrhythm) … Ginny Simms. Female vocalist for the band.
  • Harry Babbitt … Harry Babbitt. Singer for the band.
  • M.A. Bogue … Ish Kabibble. Clownish, funny band member.
  • Sully Mason … Sully Mason

Editorial review of You’ll Find Out courtesy of Amazon.com

Music, mirth, and mayhem combine in this fast-paced romp, which finds wealthy debutante Parrish hiring famed bandleader Kyser and his Kollege of Musical Knowledge to supply the entertainment at her birthday party. Also attending will be crooked judge Karloff, phony medium Lugosi, and sinister scientist Lorre, who are plotting the girl’s murder to keep her from inheriting a large estate. Kyser makes a surprisingly adept comedian, and the horror-movie icons go through their paces with tongues planted firmly in cheek. Vocalist Simms introduces I’d Know You Anywhere, which became a hit song.

Songs

  • (I’ve Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You (1926) Music by Walter Donaldson. Lyrics by Paul Ash. Played during the opening credits and at Kyser’s radio show. Kay Kyser’s theme song.
  • You’ve Got Me This Way (1940) Music by Jimmy McHugh. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Harry Babbitt.
  • I’d Know You Anywhere (1940) Music by Jimmy McHugh. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Ginny Simms. Reprised by them and sung by Harry Babbitt
  • Pop! Goes the Weasel. Traditional 17th century English song. Played by the Kay Kyser Band at the radio show
  • Heigh Ho (1937) Music by Frank Churchill. Lyrics by Larry Morey. Played by the Kay Kyser Band at the radio show
  • My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean) (1881) Written by H.J. Fuller. Played by the Kay Kyser Band at the radio show and sung by Jeff Corey (cake routine)
  • Like the Fella Once Said (1940) Music by Jimmy McHugh.Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Sully Mason, Harry Babbitt, Ginny Simms, M.A. Bogue, Kay Kyser and other band members. Danced by Kay Kyser
  • The Bad Humor Man (1940) Music by Jimmy McHugh. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Sully Mason, Harry Babbitt, M.A. Bogue, Kay Kyser and other band members. Comedy routine at the party
  • I’ve Got a One Track Mind (1940) Music by Jimmy McHugh. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Played by the Kay Kyser Band and sung by Ginny Simms and Harry Babbitt

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