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The Time of Their Lives (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 16 August 1946 (USA)
Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their ... See full summary »

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Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their innocence. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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16 August 1946 (USA)  »

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The Ghost Steps Out  »

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$830,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When this film was scheduled to be shot, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were in the midst of one of their feuds, and were not speaking to each other. Consequently, the two have very few scenes where they appear together. They were also feuding when they began shooting Little Giant (1946), which is why they also have few scenes together in that picture. See more »

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When Horatio and Melody fall from their horses after being shot by the Revolutionary Army soldiers the ground is obviously a mat covered by burlap. See more »

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Melody Allen: I need help.
Horatio Prim: [With his head sticking out of a trunk] What do you think I need? Mistress Melody, would you help me get out of this overcoat?
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Featured in Svengoolie: The Time of Their Lives (2016) See more »

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How Dry I Am
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Music by Arthur Fields
Lyrics by Fred Hall
In the score when Horatio drinks by the well
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A Revolutionary Comedy from Bud & Lou
4 October 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

Their cinematic effort preceding "TTOTL" is an little unknown comedy called "Little Giant," in which Bud and Lou--showing, perhaps the strain in their personal relationship at the time--act apart as opposed to as a team. "TTOTL" continues that experiment, but produces much better results.

The tail--of a pair of Revolutionary War ghosts (Costello and the beautiful Marjorie Reynolds) trying to clear their names in 1946--has heart. Again, there's comedy here, but also pathos, something Lou Costello was brilliant at playing and for which he received precious little credit. And the *story* is engaging, not just a platform for free-form A&C routines.

The SPFX are top-notch for the day. Watch Costello and Reynolds run at each other and swap clothing. And the performances matter, too. Gail Sondergaard is very creepy during a seance sequence, and even Bud flexes his dramatic-comedic muscles as a fluttery psychologist.

Things are mucked up a bit at the end, when Bud's car goes awry with Lou at the wheel (I guess by then producers felt it couldn't be an A&C picture without at least *one* chase). But with that one transgression forgiven, "TTOTL" is a terrific film (my second-fav of Bud & Lou's, after "Who Done It?").


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