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Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944)

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Gildersleeve, running for office, is aided by two ghosts and hindered by a mad scientist and an invisible woman.

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Harold Peary ...
Marion Martin ...
Terry Vance
Richard LeGrand ...
Mr. Peavey
Amelita Ward ...
Marie - Wells' Maid
Freddie Mercer ...
Margie Stewart ...
Marie Blake ...
Harriet Morgan
Emory Parnell ...
Police Commissioner Haley
Nick Stewart ...
Chauncey - Haley's Chauffeur (as Nicodemus Stewart)
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Dr. John Wells
Joseph Vitale ...
Lennox - Wells' Henchman
Lillian Randolph ...
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Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve (of radio fame) is running for police commissioner against incumbent Haley. The ghosts (!) of his ancestors Randolph and Jonathan decide to help him get elected, but succeed only in getting him mixed up with mad scientist John Wells, an escaped gorilla, and an intermittently invisible showgirl... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Earle Ross appears uncredited as Judge Horace Hooker, the role he played on the radio show. See more »

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The newspaper in the first scene is the "Summerfield Indicator" in medium shots but the "Evening Dispatch" in insert. See more »

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Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve: Women will back my campaign, because no one will point the accusing finger of scandal in my direction. Every woman knows that I've been the perfect gentleman in all... um, almost every woman knows that I've been... um... and in conclusion...
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Follows Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943) See more »

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Wishing (Will Make It So)
(1939) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Played in the score whenever Terry materializes
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Plenty of Laughs
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944)

*** (out of 4)

Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) is in the middle of a heated election but soon gets caught up with a mad scientist, a mean gorilla and an invisible woman. Here's yet another horror comedy that takes place in a spooky house with a killer gorilla running around. This has been the plot for countless movies but I found this film to be one of the best of the genre with non-stop laughs and some pretty good special effects. I'd call this film better than any of Universal's "Invisible" films of the 40s and it also ranks as one of the better horror comedies of the era. The supporting cast is full of terrific comic actors who really add a lot of laughs to the film. Marion Martin, Richard LeGrand, Emory Parnell and Frank Reicher all do nice work in support of Peary. Black actor Nick Stewart gets a terrific role here and gets to show off his comic talent, which is very rare for a black actor in a Hollywood film from this period.


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