Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944)

Approved  |   |  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 ...
Terry Vance
Richard LeGrand ...
Mr. Peavey
Amelita Ward ...
Marie - Wells' Maid
Freddie Mercer ...
Margie Stewart ...
Harriet Morgan
Emory Parnell ...
Police Commissioner Haley
Nick Stewart ...
Chauncey - Haley's Chauffeur (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Dr. John Wells
Joseph Vitale ...
Lennox - Wells' Henchman
Lillian Randolph ...


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 <>

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


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 Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) See more »


Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung a cappella by Harold Peary
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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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