An investigator is asking Mrs. Gubbins about a William Foster, who was a friend of her stepson Jimmy. Both are listed as killed in action during the Great War. It is Armistice Day, 1918, ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
William 'Bill' Jones, an alias of William Foster
Beryl Mercer ...
Mrs. Gibbins
Lord 'Spoofy' Brockton (as Claude Allister)
Charles McNaughton ...
James 'Jimmie' Gubbins
Ann Gordon
Inspector Briggs
Peggy 'Peg' Woofers
Detective Bolton
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ...
Lady Brockton (as Lillian Cooper)
Robert Greig ...
John Ferguson, Brockton's Butler


An investigator is asking Mrs. Gubbins about a William Foster, who was a friend of her stepson Jimmy. Both are listed as killed in action during the Great War. It is Armistice Day, 1918, and the war is over. Who should be strolling down the street but Jimmy Gubbins, Bill 'Jones' and another man who has lost his memory. They are ghosts as the official records list them as dead and not as escaped P.O.W's. Jimmy's mother is not happy to see that Jimmy is still living as she has been spending the death benefits, but she is happy to see Bill as there is a large reward for him. No one knows much about the third one, called 'Spoofy', except that he can steal anything at anytime and that gets everyone is trouble. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Release Date:

10 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Três Almas Errantes  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 29 September 1920 and ran for 250 performances. It was produced by Max Marcin, the production associate of this movie, and included in its cast Charles McNaughton and Beryl Mercer, both of whom are in this film. See more »


Version of Three Live Ghosts (1922) See more »


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Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Played by a band for returning marching soldiers
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Cute little film
6 April 2006 | by (Memphis) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen the other versions of this but the story is a simple one. Three war buddies escape a German POW camp at the very end of WW1 and arrive home just in time for the Armistice. To get backpay they have to prove that they are really alive. One of them is an American who appears to be wanted by US law enforcement. The other is his buddy with a thieving conniving money grubbing mom. The third doesn't remember who he is, but he is very good at taking things. He is constantly picking things up which leads to a very big heist, including child kidnapping.

Like I said, overall cute, and well worth a small waste of time seeing a movie made just before WW2. I'd like to see the other two versions some day so I can comment on them. But not so much that I want to take the trouble to find them. If they show up on TCM then all's the better.

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