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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Hillbillys In A Haunted House (1967)

Starring Ferlin Husky, Joi Lansing, Don Bowman, John Carradine, Lon Chaney, Jr.
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Two country singers and their manager are stranded at a haunted house and must spend the night there, not realizing it's the headquarters for a spy ring.

Any plot here is pretty much incidental, as this is a showcase for a number of country acts to sing, in this follow-up to the similarly themed Las Vegas Hillbillys, which also starred Husky, according to IMDB.  Although the songs are pleasant and I enjoyed listening to them, they're not very imaginatively staged, and have little to do with the film's story.  The film's most notable for its inclusion as the villains, aging horror stars Basil Rathbone, Lon Chaney, Jr., and John Carradine, none of which are given anything interesting to do, although it's good to see them together on screen one last time- according to IMDB, this was one of Rathbone's last films.

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