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Public Ghost #1 (1935)

Charley is hired to haunt a house.


(as Charles Parrott),


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Complete credited cast:
Charley Chase
Miss Compton
Insane Man
E. H. Compton


A mad inventor escapes from an asylum. The same day, Charley, a nice guy who's out of work, meets a terrific gal who suggests he ask her father for a job. Misunderstandings lead Charley to think the madman is the magnate; he convinces Charley to hire out as a house haunter. A real estate agent needs to scare the owners into leaving a particular house, so he hires Charley. Charley steals into the house that night and starts making scary noises. Turns out it's the house of the gal and her dad. Unbeknownst to Charley, the madman sneaks in to add to the haunting. Soon father, daughter, and Charley are scared witless. Rescue comes from an odd source. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

14 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Public Ghost No. 1  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Maxwell Steals the Show
6 February 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Public Ghost #1 (1935)

*** (out of 4)

Funny film has Charley Chase meeting a woman and telling her that he's currently unemployed so she tells Chase to visit her father who will put him to work. Chase meets who he thinks is the father but it turns out he's just an impersonator and a tad bit crazy. The wrong man tells Chase he should make money by haunting houses, which he does and his first job just happens to have him in the home of the girl and the real father. LIVE GHOST #1 isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but I found it clever enough to be worth viewing. The film's first half is without a doubt the highlight as Chase pretty much just plays a supporting character and Edwin Maxwell is giving the opportunity to really shine as the crazy man. Maxwell is so brilliant in the part that you can't help but laugh at everything he does as no matter how crazy he's doing something he can make you fall for whatever he's saying. Just take a look at the sequence where he shows Chase his new invention, which just happens to be a fly catcher. Whoever came up with this device deserved an award for creativity. The second half of the film has Chase taking over as he begins to haunt the house not realizing that the woman he loves lives there. There are a few nice jokes during this sequence including a piece where Chase tries to prove himself a man but ends up going after the wrong person. Chase is as enjoyable as always but there's no question the film belongs to Maxwell.

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