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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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Harold Peary ...
Marion Martin ...
Terry Vance
Richard LeGrand ...
Mr. Peavey
Amelita Ward ...
Marie - Wells' Maid
Freddie Mercer ...
Margie Stewart ...
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Harriet Morgan
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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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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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References Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

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Sweet Genevieve
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Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung a cappella by Harold Peary
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Amusing Adventure for Gildersleeve
21 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Great Gildersleeve" is my favorite old time radio show, but I can't necessarily say this is this big-screen version is the best example of what made the show work so well.

Running for police commissioner, Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve is caught up in a whirlwind affair involving an escaped gorilla, an invisible woman and a mad scientist lurking in a mysterious mansion near Summerfield. The chain of events is set in motion by two ghosts from the Gildersleeve family tree (played by Harold Perry, in addition to his work as our favorite Uncle Mort). Of course, only Gildy sees the gorilla, the ghost girl and other mysterious goings- on, leading everyone to believe he's probably going a bit mad.

Lots of the humor comes from misunderstanding or conveniently placed trap doors and invisible girls vanishing at just the right moment. Plot threads are brought up and then dropped just as quickly (once the ghosts vanish in the first reel, they're not heard from again, despite claims they want to help our hero).

As a fan of the radio program, it's fun to see various cast members from the show on screen, playing their familiar roles. Marjorie and Leroy are played by different actors (a necessity since both roles were played by older actors than the characters they played) however. Mr. Peavey and Judge Hooker are on hand, with Mr. Peavey playing the foil to Gildy throughout the film. (You may become weary of his famous line, "Well now, I wouldn't say that" before the final reel).

At just over an hour, the movie doesn't overstay its welcome, but it's not necessarily anything to write home about either. If you're a big fan of the radio show, give it a try. If you've not heard of Gildersleeve, find some of the radio programs first to get a better feel of why the show was so popular.


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