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The Ghost Goes West (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 7 February 1936 (USA)
An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Bunker ...
Patricia Hilliard ...
Everley Gregg ...
Morton Selten ...
The Glourie
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Mark Daly ...
Murdoch's Groom
Herbert Lomas ...
Elliott Mason ...
Mrs. MacNiff
Hay Petrie ...
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Quentin McPhearson ...


An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is not the only part of the deal, with it goes the several-hundred year old ghost who haunts it. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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7 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Fantôme à vendre  »

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This was the biggest-grossing film of 1936 in Great Britain. See more »


The opening sets the scene in Scotland but the pipe band is playing a famous Irish tune, Brian Boru's March. See more »


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Charming Romantic Fantasy
31 May 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

When a haunted Scottish castle is dismantled and removed to Florida THE GHOST GOES WEST, too.

Made under the auspices of producer Sir Alexander Korda, acclaimed director René Clair & distinguished author Robert E. Sherwood, here is a fine little film--very popular in its day--for thoughtful intellects, about things which go bump in the night. Or, rather, one thing in particular: a kilted phantom doomed to stalk his ancestral castle until his family's honour is avenged--irregardless of the actual physical location of his old stones, or whatever romantic complications may ensue.

Handsome Robert Donat brings just the right amount of sophisticated humor to the dual roles of the ghost and his 20th century descendant. The lovely Jean Parker is splendid as an American rich girl very happy to take the Highlands real estate if Mr. Donat comes along with it. Playing her father, Eugene Palette exhibits both bluster & bemusement as the merchant grocer determined on buying old Glourie Castle, ghost and all.

Morton Selten & Hay Petrie have amusing short roles as clan lairds who are fierce antagonists. The marvelous Elsa Lanchester appears far too briefly at the film's conclusion as a paranormal enthusiast.

Acknowledgment should go to Vincent Korda for his atmospheric sets. And just what is the difference betwixt a thistle in the heather & a kiss in the dark?

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