Movie Critique - The Bowery Boys Meet The Monsters (#34); Bowery to Baghdad (#36)

For review of all movies in The Bowery Boys Series, go here.

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Filled with humor and mystery, turn on to a Bowery Boys movie and I guarantee you that you will get into a better mood immediately.

I posted about two of the Bowery Boys movies earlier. Turns out TCM is airing them every Saturday. These are two more of the Bowery Boys movies I watched a few weeks ago.

The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters was released in 1954 by Allied Artists, and is the thirty-fourth film in the series. In an effort to find a nice place for neighborhood kids to play baseball, Bowery Boys, Slip and Sachs, find themselves in a haunted house. This movie was inspired by "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and became a huge hit of the Bowery Boys movies, just like the Abbott and Costello's formed their huge hit. 

Bowery to Baghdad is was released in 1955 by Allied Artists, and is the thirty-sixth film in the series. Bowery Boys find a magic lamp with a genie only to be stolen by the bad guys. As they figure out a way to retrieve it back, the bad guys also have tough time dealing with the genie. Interestingly enough, the narrator of the movie calls New York as Baghdad on the Hudson. 

The main characters of The Bowery Boys, Terrance Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney and Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones, portrayed by Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall respectively, continue to entertain us with their comedy, mishaps and overall zeal to try to get something good out of all their "accidents".

Slip continues with his unique way of using words, sometimes large and meaningless, and sometimes totally out of context, that the whole dialogue makes it all the more funnier. For instance, "We're about to die and he's studyin' gastronomy!"; "This is what I call a serious dillemania";  "refuses to be intimated"; spells final as "P-H-Y-N-U-L"; "wind up in a seminary"; "never been indemnified with charitable projectiles"; "a benifracture of humanity"; , and many many such misquotes that end up adding more comic relief to the plot.

Humor and mystery laced movies again revolving primarily around Terrance Aloysius 'Slip' Mahoney and Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones while the rest of the artists under the Bowery Boys outfit form the supporting roles. Keeps you entertained, makes you forget your troubles and in the end you come to love them all over again. Watch a few and have some laughs yourself!

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Movie Trivia:

a. From Bowery to Baghdad: 

i. This was the final film of Eric Glore, who portrayed the role of the genie. Soon after he had retired from Hollywood for health reasons. He passed away in 1959.

ii. Velma 'Cindy Lou' Calhoun (portrayed by Joan Shawlee) mentions about genii coming from Wahoo, Nebraska. I didn’t realize it was a real city until I googled and checked. Interesting name. 

iii. Cindy Lou also requests for an "old Kentucky special" which she explains as a triple scoop of ice cream with mint julep all over it and garnish with pecans. It sounded close to a recipe for Mint Julep Ice Cream. Wonder if it was called as Old Kentucky Special before. 

iv. Cindy Lou also compares herself roaming around the city like a hominy grits in a pumpkin shell. That sounded very close to Spicy Stew in a Pumpkin Shell, except it has grits in the hominy grits style recipe.

b. From The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters:

i. Grissom, the family manservant; Francine Gravesend, the vampire; and Amelia Gravesend, the creepy grandma - all three of them are inspired from characters from The Addams Family.

ii. Sachs is seen reading the book "The Murders in Rue Morgue", a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

iii. John Dehner portrays the role of the mad scientist Dr. Derek Gravesned. I remember him from two episodes of Columbo and three episodes from The Twilight Zone TV show.


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