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The Live Ghost (1934)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 8 December 1934 (USA)
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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Short | Comedy

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8 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Mae Busch's character Maisie wears an outfit that clearly is meant to reference the title character of Sadie Thompson (1928). See more »

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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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Oliver: [looking at a large cloth bag that they've found in the ship's hold - - they erroneously believe that they've accidentally shot the drunken sailor, and so they plan to put the sailor's body into the bag and throw it overboard before anyone else finds out] That'll do.
Stanley: Poor fella... you think he's gone to Heaven?
Oliver: [in a pompous tone of mild sorrow] I'm afraid not - - I guess probably he went to the OTHER place. Get me a large piece of coal.
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The boys are shanghaied onto what they think is a ghost ship...
28 December 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Frankly, I've enjoyed other Laurel and Hardy shorts much more than this effort from 1934. It's predictable from start to finish with the laughs centered around the boys helping a ship's captain to round up a crew for his ship and then getting hoodwinked themselves into joining the crew.

The laughs revolve mainly around a drunken sailor who is mistaken for a ghost when he becomes covered in white liquid. The boys throw him off the ship when Stan's examination of a revolver leads to him firing a shot at the man's bunk. Thinking he's dead, they throw him overboard and then go into a panic when he comes aboard ship again still appearing like a ghost.

It's mercifully a short that doesn't overstay its welcome. The laughs are strictly for the team's die-hard fans who will undoubtedly enjoy this more than I did.

Summing up: Silly and predictable nonsense.


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