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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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FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DIE LAUGHING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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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

Harry Woolman as "Motorcycle Rider" and Walter Baldwin as "Bates" are in studio records/casting call lists, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Goofs

After Horatio greets Nora in the barn, the two embrace, then fall into a haystack. Horatio tells Nora he sat on a pitchfork, she removes it, and holds it at arms length. The tines are turned away from Horatio. When she speaks her next line, the pitchfork is now in front of her, with the tines pointing toward Horatio. See more »

Quotes

June Prescott: [hears machine gunfire] It must be the radio downstairs!
Mildred Dean: Well it's not the American Revolution!
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Time of Their Lives (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
Sung a cappella by Lou Costello twice
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Not the Run of the Mill Abbott & Costello Movie AT ALL!
6 July 2004 | by (New York, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

Growing up in the New York area as a kid, channel 11 (WPIX) used to show the Abbott and Costello movies every Sunday at 11:30 AM. I got to see virtually all of them. Some were OK (Buck Privates) while others were barely watchable (the later ones that start with "Abbott & Costello Meet [INSERT HORROR CHARACTER NAME]).

BUT...I have always noticed that "The Time of Their Lives" is definately very, very different from all of their other films. First of all it has a cohesive, discernable plot that isn't just about hanging the gags on. All of the comedic moments arise from and because of the plot and they work very well. And the resolution of the ghost's predicament (they were wrongly executed) is very satisfying.

It would be interesting to find out how and why this film was made because it differs so radically from the other Abbott & Costello films. Was it a fluke? Did the team seek better material? Did it simply come their way?

See this film. It's very good indeed.


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