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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
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Olsen & Johnson's Ghost Catchers is only amusing in spots and has too much musical numbers to boot
In honor of today which is Halloween, I decided to watch various comedy teams' movies which has some scary stuff. This is the first of the Ole Olsen & Chic Johnson movies that I've seen and are now on YouTube. They play themselves as entertainers whose nightclub is next to a haunted house. That's all I feel I have to explain since the plot is pretty much ripped to shreds not only by their act but also by some singers like Gloria Jean, Morton Downey Sr., and Ella Mae Morse of which the last one provides some swingin' Big Band entertainment while the other two are more romantic ballad-like. I think I like Ms. Morse's numbers better than the other two though, really, there's too much of them. And while there are some funny punchlines and amusing visual bits, as well as an early thrill at the beginning, the whole thing was just too silly for my tastes. I did like the appearance of both Andy Devine and Lon Chaney Jr. as a horse and bear, respectively. So on that note, Ghost Catchers is worth a look at least once. P.S. Yes, this Morton Downey Sr. was the father of the late notorious talk show host, Morton Downey Jr.
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