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Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | Horror  -  June 1944 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Harold Peary ...
Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve / Ghost of Randolph Q. Gildersleeve / Ghost of Jonathan Q. Gildersleeve
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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Trivia

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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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) 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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Weakest of the Series
18 February 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Looks like the comedic setup here is more suited to an Abbott and Costello romp than to the gentler humor of Gildersleeve. The material is pretty familiar to old movie fans—a fake gorilla, a real gorilla (sort of), and invisible people who come and go. Of course, there's a ready-made bonanza of cheap laughs in schtick like this, so I suspect this series entry was working on a shorter production schedule than the preceding three that required more difficult scripts.

Anyway, familiar material or not, there's still the surreal premise that guarantees obvious laughs as director Douglas keeps things moving expertly. And get a load of blonde bombshell Marion Martin who wiggles in and out as the Marilyn Monroe of the '40's. Still, I was expecting the subtler humor of small town eccentrics that the series was so good at. Unfortunately, this distinctive brand of humor gets lost in the hectic hijinks of the surreal, making this the weakest of the four series entries, maybe not in the number of laughs, but in overall Andy Griffith-type satisfaction.


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