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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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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: I'd better go in this time - - they'll know you by now.
[exchanges the frying pan for the bag of eggs]
Oliver: And lay it ohhnnn HEAVY!
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All At Sea
2 December 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

Laurel & Hardy head out to sea again in this Hal Roach short. In this one they're hired by the captain of a haunted ship to help him shanghai a crew for his next voyage. The plan is that Stan goes into a bar and annoys a sailor by crushing an egg in his mouth. When the angry sailor gives chase, Ollie's waiting outside the bar to whack him over the head so that the captain can throw him into the hold of the ship. Of course, when Stan and Ollie swap roles Stan gets it all wrong, and he and Ollie end up being shanghaied with their victims. Chaplin used a similar idea in one of his silent pictures, but once aboard ship this story goes off in a completely different direction, with the boys mistaking a drunken shipmate who has fallen into an improbably large tray of white paint for a ghost. The shanghai scenes are the best – after that you get the feeling they're just going through another day at the office. It's not their best work, but it'll do.


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