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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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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The weakest of the Gildersleeve movies
4 June 2005 | by (Chicago, Il.) – See all my reviews

I wanted to like it, I really did. As an old-time radio buff, I have a soft spot for movies like this one, and The Great Gildersleeve is one of my favorite characters. But there's no saving this turkey. It's a dreadful outing; the plot is a ridiculous farrago about the ghosts of Gildy's ancestors rising from the grave to help him thwart the machinations of a mad scientist with an invisibility potion. The movie starts out with a lame premise and flubs along to keep it afloat, making for very tedious viewing. A certain amount of contrivance is to be expected for any sitcom extended to feature length, but this movie takes it too far to be successful. All that needs to be said about 'Gildersleeve's Ghost' to get the idea of what viewers are in for is that much attempted hilarity is derived from confusion between a gorilla on the loose and various characters disguised in a gorilla costume. Final analysis: Almost unwatchable.


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