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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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Police Lt. 'Pete' Peterson
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Delia Phillips
George Eldredge ...
Tony Weldon
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Tina Craig
Edna Johnson ...
Helen Craig
Danny Beck ...
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Gus Glassmire ...
Walter Craig
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Dr. Bruhling
Howard Banks ...
Arthur Wallace
J. Arthur Young ...
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 »

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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: Doesn't ANYBODY sleep around here?
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A pretty good B-detective film thanks to Dunn
2 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

An ex-detective is called out of retirement to investigate a recent kidnapping. However, once on the job, one of the suspects becomes a zombie-like being and no one knows exactly how this occurred nor where the missing man is. And, to top it off, murder (or at least attempted murder) is in the air!

This is a modest little film produced by poverty row studio, Monogram. B-Detective films like this were a dime a dozen during the 30s and 40s, so there isn't much to distinguish this from the thousands of somewhat similar films. Since it was such an inexpensive film, the film was directed by William Beaudine (a man well known for NEVER shooting re-takes), the actors were all second-tier talent and it starred James Dunn. While not a household name, Dunn had bounced around for years and he did have a lovely role in the great film A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. Here he has a nice, witty personality and plenty of excellent one-liners. In fact, this was the best thing about the film--whereas the mystery itself was purely secondary...at best. Due exclusively to Dunn's easy-going personality, he makes this simple little film quite watchable.


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