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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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Lynn Baggett ...
June Prescott (as Lynne Baggett)
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Thomas Danbury
Ann Gillis ...
Nora O'Leary (as Anne Gillis)
Donald MacBride ...
Lt. Mason
William Hall ...
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Robert Barrat ...
Maj. Putnam (as Robert H. Barrat)
Rex Lease ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

The Ghost Steps Out  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bud Abbott, who had never driven a car before, had to learn to drive one for this picture. He didn't like it, and after the film was finished, he never drove a car again. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

Soundtracks

Minuet
(uncredited)
from "String Quintet in E Major, Op.13 No.5"
Written by Luigi Boccherini
Played as dance music at the party
Also played on a harpsichord and as background music
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Enjoyable & Creative
8 October 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This enjoyable and rather creative Abbott and Costello feature gives Bud and Lou each a chance to do a lot more on their own, while telling an entertaining story at a good pace. It's different from most of their films, in that Bud and Lou have very few moments when their characters interact. It works quite well, though, and it is certainly among their better movies.

The story takes a little while to set up, but then it begins to move more quickly. Once the prologue is over and the main plot begins, Costello and Marjorie Reynolds are quite entertaining as the two ghosts. There is just enough explanation provided to make the plot work, without going overboard or taking the premise too seriously.

The lengthy sequence with Bud and his friends trying to communicate with Costello and Reynolds provides many of the movie's best moments, and there is plenty of good material in the rest of the film as well. This picture delivers just what you hope for in a light comedy.


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