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The Smiling Ghost (1941)

Passed  -  Comedy | Mystery  -  6 September 1941 (USA)
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An heiress seems to be cursed as each of her intended grooms meets with a horrible end.

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Complete credited cast:
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Alexander "Lucky" Downing
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Lil Barstow
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Elinor Bentley
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Norton
Lee Patrick ...
Rose Fairchild
David Bruce ...
Paul Myron
Helen Westley ...
Grandmother Bentley
Willie Best ...
Clarence
Charles Halton ...
Ames Bentley
Richard Ainley ...
Tennant Bentley
Roland Drew ...
Hilton Fairchild
George Meader ...
Mr. Dinwiddie
Clem Bevans ...
Sexton at Cemetery
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Justice of the Peace (as Arthur Aylsworth)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Hagney ...
Ryan (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Elinor Bentley Fairchild's previous three grooms-to-be have either died or been maimed. Her aunt hires Lucky Downing to become engaged to her for a month to break the curse. But Lucky becomes a target of what appears to be the ghost of one of the former fiances. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Mystery

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6 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Fantasma Risonho  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Elinor Bentley: What kind of a kiss do you perform?
Alexander "Lucky" Downing: You mean there's more than one kind?
Elinor Bentley: I thought you were a college man.
Alexander "Lucky" Downing: Oh, I guess I was too busy studying chemical experiments to learn more than just plain old every day kissing.
Elinor Bentley: Suppose we try that?
Alexander "Lucky" Downing: Well, all right.
[Kisses her lighly on the cheek]
Alexander "Lucky" Downing: Goodnight.
Elinor Bentley: You must have been a whiz at chemistry.
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Wayne Morris
Played on piano by Lee Patrick at the wedding
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Dandy comedy-thriller. Swift, spine-tingling fun.
27 July 2001 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

Among all the Hollywood studios of the '30s and '40s, Warner Bros. excelled at churning out slick, swift, polished 'B' comedy-thrillers (see the 4 Nancy Drew treats for further evidence). "The Smiling Ghost" is a perfect example of this genre. This nifty, nutty 1941 charmer packs more entertainment value into 71 minutes than most of today's films do in 2-hours-plus. The ever-gorgeous Alexis Smith plays a wealthy heiress whose fiances have always met with ghastly fates before the nuptuals. In a plot to unravel the killer's identity, poor Wayne Morris is duped into impersonating her new betrothed. All the standard ingredients are hauled out and refreshened--a gloomy dark mansion, secret passageways, sliding panels, and, as the title promises, the genuinely eerie apparition of a "smiling ghost." Done to a turn by an engaging cast, one wonders why the handsome, appealing and wryly comic Wayne Morris never achieved full-fledged stardom, and why did it take another 30 years for the dazzling Alexis Smith to be duly celebrated (on Broadway in 1971's "Follies")?


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