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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
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
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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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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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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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a fine scary movie with elements of suspense and humour
16 January 2003 | by (newcastle - new south wales australia) – See all my reviews

I remember with fond 'scariness' this definitive film of the early 40s. It had the unseen murderer, the witless hero, the beguiling heroine and the bulging eyes of the hero's assistant.

It still remains a film that may be viewed with pleasure. It has all the elements of the 'scary' - darkened night - sliding panels - a gauche hero - humour and wit. It may lack the suspense of the Spiral Staircase, but it still remains a film worthy to be seen.


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