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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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James Dunn ...
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Billie Hilton
Paul McVey ...
Ed Moline
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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 ...
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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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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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Okay mystery
5 December 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Nick Tryane is hired by a family to locate the missing patriarch, a rich banker. The banker suddenly turns up but seemingly in a fog with a "paralyzed brain". With the missing man returned the question becomes who did this and whether he's responsible for the murder that happens in the garden.

Enjoyment of this film will depend on whether you like the star James Dunn or not. Dunn who plays Trayne our hero made a lot of B-movies in the in the 30's and 40's. As a second banana or in a supporting role Dunn was always very good. The problem for me was that in a lead role he never amounted to very much. I'm not sure if it was because he wasn't a good lead or because he was working for the Poverty Row studios and so didn't have good enough material.Here he always seems to be waiting for someone to step in and carry on with what ever he's doing. It makes the film less then what it could have been.

The script is interesting and it has some nice twists to it. It has witty exchanges and only really falters when in the second half it becomes a series of interviews between Dunn and the suspects.

Over all its not bad, but its not all that great either. Worth a look if you have a second film on tap for the evening, or if you come across this at 2am on some TV station that still runs old movie all night long.


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