DirectorGordon Douglas Music directorRoy Webb Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateApril 26, 1945 (1945-04-26) (U.S.) Based onshort story
by Robert Faber
Charles Newman WriterLawrence Kimble (screenplay), Robert Faber (original story), Charles Newman (original story), Robert E. Kent (adaptation) CastWally Brown (Jerry Miles), Alan Carney (Mike Streger), Bela Lugosi (Dr. Paul Renault), Anne Jeffreys (Jean LaDance), Sheldon Leonard (Ace Miller), Frank Jenks (Gus) Similar moviesMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Hotel Transylvania 2, World War Z, Hotel Transylvania, Maggie, Return of the Living Dead Part II
TaglineHee! Hee! What ghoulish glee!
Zombies on Broadway (or Loonies on Broadway in the UK) is an 1945 American horror comedy film directed by Gordon Douglas. It stars RKO's imitation Abbott and Costello Alan Carney and Wally Brown as a pair of men who are tasked with finding a real zombie for a zombie-themed nightclub. Sheldon Leonard, as a former mobster turned nightclub owner, and Bela Lugosi, as the mad scientist who created the zombies, also appear.
Jerry Miles and Mike Strager are employed as Broadway press agents. Their latest idea is to hire a "genuine zombie" for the opening of the Zombie Hut, a new cabaret nightclub owned by gangster Ace Miller that will open on Friday the 13th of the next month. The boys plan is to dress a former boxer up as a zombie, figuring no one will know the difference. However, Ace's nemesis, a Walter Winchell type radio celebrity is friends with the boxer and vows he will publicly humiliate Ace Miller if a real zombie is not at the opening of the club.
The boys are threatened with death unless they produce a real zombie. They discover a lead from a museum curator that a mysterious Professor Renault lives on the Caribbean island of San Sebastian and has been creating zombies. Followed by Ace's henchmen, the boys are immediately placed on a tramp steamer sailing to San Sebastian in the Virgin Islands and ordered to bring a real zombie back or forfeit their lives. Upon arrival they meet the beautiful cabaret singer Jean La Dance. In exchange for her help in locating Professor Renault, Jean wants passage off the island. Miles and Strager eventually meet up with the zombie expert Professor Renault. Unknown to them, the professor's zombie has captured Jean and brought her to the Professor's secret laboratory, While Miles and Strager investigate the house, Jean awakes to find herself gagged and strapped to a table as the Professor's next test subject. Before he can proceed to give Jean the serum his guard dogs detect intruders. Jean is quickly spirited to a secret dungeon where she is tied up but manages to escape. Strager becomes "zombified" by being under the spell of Renault's secret formula and Miles, Jean and Strager the zombie return home where Miller's henchmen are waiting for them. Convinced that Strager is a real zombie, they bring him to the club. When Strager comes out of his trance, the boys must face the wrath of Ace Miller, a nightclub owner, who is more frightening then anything they've seen yet.
Wally Brown ... Jerry Miles
Alan Carney .. .Mike Strager
Bela Lugosi ... Professor Paul Renault
Anne Jeffreys ... Jean La Danse
Sheldon Leonard ... Ace Miller
Frank Jenks ... Gus
Russell Hopton ... Benny
Joseph Vitale ... Joseph
Ian Wolfe ... Prof. Hopkins
Louis Jean Heydt ... Douglas Walker
Darby Jones ... Kalaga - the Zombie
Robert Clarke ... Wimpy
Rosemary La Planche ... Entertainer in Sarong
Sir Lancelot ... Calypso Singer
Jason Robards Sr. ... Headwaiter
Nick Stewart ... Worthington
Bill Williams ... Smuggler sailor
Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For author Arnold T. Blumberg wrote that "the only real entertainment value to be had in Zombies on Broadway, apart from spotting connections to I Walked With a Zombie, is derived from the scenes involving the little monkey, who clearly believes he's working on a much better film than everyone else." Writing in The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, academic Peter Dendle said, "Brown and Carney aren't funny, and it's sad to see Lugosi outwitted by a pack of morons."