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The Live Ghost (1934)

Passed  |   |  Short, Comedy  |  8 December 1934 (USA)
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A gruff sea captain, who absolutely detests the word "ghost," is having trouble manning his ship because of the rumor it's...well...haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him... See full summary »

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A gruff sea captain, who absolutely detests the word "ghost," is having trouble manning his ship because of the rumor it's...well...haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him shanghai a crew from the sailors at a dockside bar. The comic duo accomplish this by using one of the funniest devices ever put into a movie, and of course it all goes wrong. Once aboard, the captain warns them that whoever says the word "ghost" will get his head twisted from north to south. After much time at sea and many port stops later, one of the drunken sailors falls into a trough of whitewash, terrorizing Stanley and Oliver into blurting out "ghost" in front of the enraged captain, which brings about the story's Laurel and Hardy trademark "another fine mess" ending. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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8 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Az eleven kisértet  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The whitewash trough was too shallow to cover the drunken sailor with whitewash just by his falling into it face-down. In the first shot of him falling, the whitewash doesn't splash much onto his back side, but in the next shot, he is covered all over in whitewash. See more »

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Stanley: We heard the sea is infactuated with sharks.
Oliver: Not infactuated. He means infuriated.
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good silly fun
24 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good Laurel and Hardy short--not among their best, but still very good and watchable. I think part of the reason it works so well is that Walter Long is an incredibly scary and effective foil for the team. I would be very scared if Long were chasing after me, thank you very much! The boys think they accidentally killed a shipmate while shanghaied aboard Long's ship. So the solution? Yep, put the guy in a bag and chuck him overboard!!! Well, the "dead guy" isn't really dead and when this bag starts moving, things get crazy. It's silly and stupid and funny to see this guy accidentally get turned white and Stan and Ollie think he's a ghost. Believable? No way--but fun!


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