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Ghost Catchers (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Music | 16 June 1944 (USA)
Two zanies get mixed up with a Southern colonel, his beautiful daughters, a nightclub and a haunted mansion.


(as Eddie Cline)


(screenplay), (story "High Spirits") | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Bear (as Lon Chaney)
Clay Edwards (as Kirby Grant and His Orchestra)
Ella Mae Morse ...
Armando & Lita ...
Specialty Dance Act (as Armando and Lita)


Colonel Breckinridge Martshall (Walter Catlett), a self-appointed southern colonel, brings his two daughters,Melinda (Gloria Jean) and Susanna (Martha O'Driscoll), to New York City so they can sing at Carnegie Hall. He buys a haunted house from Chambers ('Walter Kingsford' qv)) a crooked real estate dealer. The "ghosts" start their work on the first night and Susanna runs next door to a nightclub owned by Olsen (Ole Olsen) and Johnson (Chic Johnson)and they agree to help her...and set out to rid the house of the ghosts. They have little trouble getting rid of the tap-dancing ghost but the remaining ones intend to stay. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Horror | Music


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Release Date:

16 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

High Spirits  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diana Barrymore was originally slated to appear as "Susanna Marshall" but rejected it after reading the script. Universal canceled her contract. See more »


Spoofs Hold That Ghost (1941) See more »


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Catch up on some sleep instead
4 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Colonel Walter Catlett (Marshall) rents a house for himself and his daughters – singer Gloria Jean (Melinda) and Martha O'Driscoll (Susanna). There is a much better singer next door – Ella Mae Morse (Virginia) – at the nightclub where Olsen and Johnson do their schtick. Anyway, there is a red herring of an actual ghost as the plot involves a murder plot that doesn't really make any sense.

Whether you like this film will depend on whether you like Olsen and Johnson. If you've never seen them as I hadn't, then I'll tell you that they are rubbish. There are musical interludes throughout the film that seem to belong in a completely different film. And they are all rubbish as well apart from 2 or 3 songs that Ella Mae Morse is involved in. You'll know the ones. They are the only memorable part of the film which is boring and drags.

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