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The Living Ghost (1942)

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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Ed Moline
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Sister Lapidus
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Tony Weldon
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George Phillips
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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, 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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27 November 1942 (USA)  »

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 5 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Thursday 14 April 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nick Trayne: Don't you ever sleep?
Cedric, the Butler: No sir, insomnia.
Nick Trayne: Insomnia huh? I bet he doesn't even go to sleep when it's time to get up.
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Catatonic
2 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Living Ghost has James Dunn as a private detective trying to find a missing millionaire who all of a sudden shows up after Dunn as started his investigation. The problem is that Gus Glassmire is in some kind of catatonic state, he's walking around but he can't speak at all. Enough so that he cannot manage his affairs.

Before he's hired Dunn is working some kind of swami act, but he was good in his day. Glassmire's secretary Joan Woodbury seeing him in his swami outfit just doesn't believe in his abilities. She provides just enough needle to keep him on his toes and she's even a bit of help. Dunn and Woodbury do have some decent chemistry.

Dunn hangs around the mansion and pretty soon there's a real murderer among a nice group of suspects, more than a studio like Monogram would normally provide for one of these mysteries. The editing also isn't too bad, another thing that Monogram was not good with.

In the end there are two suspects, one is rather obvious, the other would take a bit of figuring. The Living Ghost is not a bad B picture and for Monogram it's practically The Maltese Falcon.


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