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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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Marion Martin ...
Terry Vance
Richard LeGrand ...
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Marie - Wells' Maid
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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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Trivia

Marjorie's leopard costume seen at the beginning of the film was previously worn by Dolores del Rio in Journey Into Fear (1943). 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 The Great Gildersleeve (1942) 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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A Gorilla, Ghosts, and Gildersleeve
11 July 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The final Great Gildersleeve picture from RKO is a weird one but entertaining. The plot this time is that Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) is running for police commissioner. The ghosts of two of his ancestors (both also played by Peary) decide to help him but only get him involved with a mad scientist, an invisible woman, and a gorilla! They are Gildersleeves, after all.

This one's fun. I've enjoyed all of the Gildersleeve movies but this one appeals to me especially as I'm a big fan of old horror/sci-fi movies. Harold Peary is great in this one playing three separate roles. Frank Reicher is appropriately sinister as the mad scientist. Beauties Marion Martin and Amelita Ward pretty things up as the invisible woman and French maid respectively. Martin is also very funny. Love her scenes with Gildersleeve. Richard LeGrand, Emory Parnell, Lillian Randolph, Margie Stewart, and Freddie Mercer all offer good support. Marie Blake is the lady in love with Gildersleeve. Every movie in the series had to have one. Nick Stewart is hilarious as a cowardly chauffeur. It's a stereotypical role but he does a lot with it. The 'old dark house' touches are very nice. The guy in the gorilla suit may not be convincing but that's part of the charm of it. Every scene with the gorilla is great. The scene where Gildersleeve threatens to spank the gorilla, believing it to be his nephew Leroy in a costume, is priceless. I can understand it not appealing to everyone but if you enjoy old-school horror comedies with a little atmosphere and a lot of laughs, you'll probably like this.


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