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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
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Grandmother Bentley
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Clarence
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Great Uncle Ames Bentley
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Cousin Tennant Bentley
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Uncle Hilton Fairchild
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Mr. Dinwiddie
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Sexton
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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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El fantasma sonriente  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Clarence: Boss, if you hear something whizzing by you, it'll be me.
Alexander "Lucky" Downing: Why, Clarence, don't tell me you're afraid.
Clarence: I ain't afraid, but my feets ain't gonna stand around and see my body abused.
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Soundtracks

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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lost classic
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a comedy mystery-more mystery than the usual comedy. It involves a very likable young man and his valet, in true Shakespearean tradition, and their efforts to ward off the collectors. He happens upon a rich eccentric family who are willing to pay him a great deal of money just to become engaged.

He is happy to see the lady he is engaged to is pleasant to look at, but when he meets a super hot gorgeous reporter lady, he is evidently attracted to her, but he feels he must keep his loyalties, particularly since the lady he is engaged to knows how to manipulate men.

It turns out she was engaged three times before, and a smiling ghost attacked all her suitors. And our hero, who is named Lucky, learns too late he is a marked man.

A lot of great adventure, spooks, night creepers, and an array of usual comic family members make this a deep movie, with trails leading in every direction. It even has The Skipper in it- or at least his look alike dad (and don't act like you don't know who he is).

What is great is the writing, acting, and the story, which turns up with an unexpected solution to the smiling ghost story. You won't guess who is responsible.

Did I mention this movie was fun, in a magical sort of way. There are a few magical movies. This is one.

It's the great charisma of Lucky that carries this through, along with the super gorgeous looks and charisma of the lady reporter. A lost classic.


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