After being murdered by gangsters, an exuberant nightclub entertainer returns as a ghost to persuade his meek twin brother to help bring his killers to justice.


(as Bruce Humberstone)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwin Dingle / Buster 'Buzzy' Bellew
Ellen Shanley
Midge Mallon
Monte Rossen
Ten Grand Jackson
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Asst. District Attorney
Mrs. Hume
Virginia Gilmore ...
Sailor's Girl Friend
Edward Gargan ...
Policeman in Park (as Ed Gargan)
Alice Mock ...
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Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson. One night, two of Jackson's thugs kill Buzzy and dump his body in the lake at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Buzzy comes back as a ghost and summons his bookworm twin, Edwin Dingle, to Prospect Park so that he can help the police nail Jackson. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>, corrected by

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It;s Gala-Gala with Girls, Gaiety and that Goldwyn Glamour! (original poster)


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Release Date:

9 October 1945 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Un hombre fenómeno  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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Crazy Credits

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Otchi Tchorniya Number
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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The Best Of Danny Kaye
21 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the confusing name of this movie, this is actually a top notch ghost story with a twin brother who gets killed and then has to use his living brother to finish his earthly business. Kaye is in top form as he portrays two different characters. As some sort of precursor to Quantum Leap, Kaye is visited by the ghost of his brother who only he can see and hear. Forced out of his rigid and safe world of libraries and research, he has to enter his brother's world of drinking, performing and gangsters. The clashes and confusion of style are much of the humor as lovely Virginia Mayo shifts from loving him to hating him to worrying about him. The somewhat out-dated comedy bits and entertainment peices still work today as does the little mystery story that hides on the background. The movie ends up with Kaye turning an opera upside down with his unusual style for flair, timing and nimbleness. It's still a very wonderful movie for anyone to see.

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