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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

When Emily, the character played by Gale Sondergaard, meets the new occupants of the house, one of the women asks her "Didn't I see you in Rebecca (1940)?". Sondergaard's character is made to look like Judith Anderson's character in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Rebecca", and Sondergaard herself bears a striking physical resemblance to Anderson. 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

Horatio Prim: [he and Melody collide and are wearing each other's clothes] Odds bodkins, we're all mixed up!
[they run into each other again and get back into their own clothes]
Horatio Prim: Melody, don't ever do that again, I'm a boy!
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
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Traditional 17th century English song
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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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