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Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | June 1944 (USA)
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 ...
Marion Martin ...
Terry Vance
Richard LeGrand ...
Mr. Peavey
Amelita Ward ...
Marie - Wells' Maid
Freddie Mercer ...
Margie Stewart ...
Harriet Morgan
Police Commissioner Haley
Nick Stewart ...
Chauncey - Haley's Chauffeur (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Dr. John Wells
Joseph Vitale ...
Lennox - Wells' Henchman
Lillian Randolph ...


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June 1944 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The epitaph for each ghost reads: Jonathan Q. Gildersleeve 1851-1892 "Here was a man with a sense of humor, We're glad to have him as a roomer." Randolph Q. Gildersleeve 1790-1857 "This man has crossed to the other shore, He thought he could laugh at his mother-in-law." See more »


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


Chauncey - Haley's Chauffeur: Leroy, you does present a strong argument. Go ahead, but hurry, or I'm going to be un-deputized.
Leroy Forrester: Gee thanks, Chauncey. That's white of you.
Chauncey - Haley's Chauffeur: Huh?
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Follows The Great Gildersleeve (1942) See more »


Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung a cappella by Harold Peary
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"Be careful, you'll strain your ectoplasm"...
20 November 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, the above quoted line is the best line in the film and comes early on when the plot involves two ghosts of Gildersleeve's ancestors rising from the grave and deciding to help him become police commissioner. Mad scientists with a potion that makes a girl (MARION MARTIN) invisible and an ape on the loose are the ingredients that add to the plot's ill advised mixture of laughs and fright.

RICHAD LeGRAND gets to say his famous line a little too often ("Well, I wouldn't say that"), and the scatterbrained cast includes AMELITA WARD, MARIE BLAKE and FREDDIE MERCER, all badly needing better material.

The ectoplasm is indeed strained to the utmost and the result is a flat comedy in search of a good script. What might potentially have seemed like fun material for Gildersleeve is turned into a forgettable sophomoric mess.

Not recommended, even for fans of the Gildersleeve radio comedy series.

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