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The Smiling Ghost (1941)

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

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Lil Barstow
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Elinor Bentley Fairchild
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Norton
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Rose Fairchild
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Paul Myron
Helen Westley ...
Grandmother Bentley
Willie Best ...
Clarence
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Great Uncle Ames Bentley
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Cousin Tennant Bentley
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Uncle Hilton Fairchild
George Meader ...
Mr. Dinwiddie
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Sexton
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Justice of the Peace (as Arthur Aylsworth)
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Ryan (scenes deleted)
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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:

El fantasma sonriente  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Clarence: [Carrying bags up the stairs] What do a valet do?
Norton: [Also carrying bags up the stairs] You mean you don't know?
Clarence: No, sir.
Norton: Then that makes two of us don't know.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Wayne Morris
Played on piano by Lee Patrick at the wedding
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Great fun in the traditional "B" fashion
6 May 2000 | by (west Virginia) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for a pleasant diversion that will make you laugh and be royally entertained with an old fashioned "B" mystery, this film is for you. Alexis Smith plays a gal who has been engaged to three different men, all of whom have met their demise before the wedding. The family hires Wayne Morris as a decoy fiancee in an attempt to get the murderer out in the open. The only problem is that Morris does not know that he's being used as bait. However, when he does find out his true status he decides to help trap the killer anyway. This movie is great fun with such devices as a secret panel, some funny acting relatives, and Willie Best playing his usual knee knocking, scared character. Yes, some will be offended by his characterization but, deal with it. That's the way things were done in those days. We would certainly and rightfully object if such antics were filmed today but, remember, this movie is from the early 1940s. The real identity of the killer is pretty obvious but, so what? It's a fun movie and well worth a little more than 70 minutes of your' time.


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