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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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Intoxicated-character actor Arthur Houseman actually was an alcoholic. See more »

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The cabin door that Hardy crashes through is obviously just made of thin breakable panelling that simply "pulverizes" when he barges through it. See more »

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Sailor: [speaking in a low eager voice to his sailor buddies around the table, and knowing that the Captain is away at another tavern] Now would be a good time to get back aboard ship and fix those two guys that shanghaied us!
[the other sailors nod and murmur approvingly]
Sailor: Swell. I want the big guy!
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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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