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The Living Ghost (1942)

Passed  -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  27 November 1942 (USA)
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Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Dunn ...
Nick Trayne
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Billie Hilton
Paul McVey ...
Ed Moline
Vera Gordon ...
Sister Lapidus
Norman Willis ...
Cedric, the Butler
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Police Lt. 'Pete' Peterson
Minerva Urecal ...
Delia Phillips
George Eldredge ...
Tony Weldon
Jan Wiley ...
Tina Craig
Edna Johnson ...
Helen Craig
Danny Beck ...
Doubletalker
Gus Glassmire ...
Walter Craig
Lawrence Grant ...
Dr. Bruhling
Howard Banks ...
Arthur Wallace
J. Arthur Young ...
George Phillips
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Storyline

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, leaving him in a zombified state. Trayne and his perky assistant Billie Hilton have their work cut out for them as they must sift through a houseload of possible suspects to get at the culprit. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SPOOK CHASER... A reckless sleuth follows the trail of a white ZOMBIE!


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When Nick shines his flashlight at the cuckoo clock, the light stays on after a few second after Nick moves the flashlight elsewhere. See more »

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Nick Trayne: [locked in a room] We could be trapped here for weeks, or months.
Billie Hilton: Oh Nick.
Nick Trayne: And if we are, by the time they find us, it'll be too late.
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Horrible...this is the kind of programmer that gave Poverty Row a bad rap...
2 January 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

How anyone can lavish even the faintest praise on this junk is baffling to me, since THE LIVING GHOST is a cliché ridden mystery with some vain attempts at humor. Furthermore, it's ineptly performed by the entire cast and appears to have been filmed on a quickie basis with no close-ups introducing the chief suspects.

JAMES DUNN makes an abysmal attempt at playing detective and JOAN WOODBURY is no more successful as the lame-brained secretary of the lobotomized man at the center of the mystery. Question is: Which one in the wealthy man's household tried to do him in? None of the suspects have enough time on screen to become viable characters and it's never quite clear why Dunn takes such an immediate dislike to the poor butler whom he treats with utter contempt, even when he's being helpful.

Juvenile at best, it's the kind of film the Monogram factory churned out on a weekly basis in the '40s, barely deserving a spot at the bottom end of a double feature bill.

A ridiculous tax on anyone's reason or patience--mercifully, it runs only one hour.


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