I am kicking off 1940 with You'll Find Out from 1940. A hilarious forgotten released to promote Kay Kyser. A popular big band leader from the 30's and 40's. The film is filled with comedy bits and witty charm that carry the plot along nicely. The production is exquisite. You'll Find Out is definitely a movie to check out. It's a shame it has been forgotten for so long.
The film is about Kay Kyser and his band after they are hired to play at a spooky mansion for a young heiress. The heiress had been invited to this mansion to celebrate her birthday party. She doesn't know who invited her. However, she is sure someone is trying to kill her. For some reason she still decides to go. The mansion is filled with creepy artifacts and crap lining the walls. It does a really good job of putting it's own spin on the Old Dark House motif. Not to mention it also has some very good cameos from Lugosi, Karloff, and Lorre.
The film is a parody/homage to the horror films of the 30's. The comedy is dated but laughable. It runs more like a Looney Toons short than a full length horror film. Actually with all the singing and musical numbers it runs more like a morbid Merrie Melodies. I guess with the world being in the shape that it was people didn't want to be scared anymore. They just wanted to be entertained. Well this movie does just that. It entertains like no other.
Did ya know...
Contrary to belief this movie was not a direct influence to Scooby Doo. It was beautifully filmed in 35mm and also featured a huge soundtrack. It was even nominated to win for best song.