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The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (1947)

Ghosts are condemned to haunt a house until it is visited by a reigning monarch,



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gen. 'Jumbo' Burlap / Nawab of Bagwash
Felix Aylmer ...
Col. H. 'Bulldog' Kelsoe
Yvonne Arnaud ...
Claude Hulbert ...
Abraham Sofaer ...
Dr. Cruickshank of Psychical Research Society
Marie Lohr ...
Lady Mary
A.E. Matthews ...
Gen. Bristow
Mortimer Digby
Ronald Frankau ...
Tex B. Farnum
Staff Captain (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
Martin Miller ...
Wally Patch ...
Esme Percy ...


Ghosts are condemned to haunt a house until it is visited by a reigning monarch,

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Comedy | Fantasy





Release Date:

30 October 1947 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Last full length feature film of Esme Percy. See more »


The court martial papers make reference to the house as No 7 Berkely Square, rather than Berkeley. See more »


Col. H. "Bulldog" Kelsoe: [speaking of the Duke of Marlborough] Do you think we could argue with him? Talk him out of it?
Gen. "Jumbo" Burlap: Talk him out of it? He's a Churchill!
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Arab Dance
Composer unknown
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Creaky British Post War Comedy
11 January 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This embarrassingly unfunny comedy comes from the quality trough in British Film-making that followed WW2.

The viewer cringes for Robert Morely and Felix Aylmer called on to front a story cobbled together from THE GHOST GOES WEST and FOREVER & A DAY, which drew on earlier sources themselves. In 1708, the "Two Old Sillies" off themselves in a dumb plot to immobilize the Duke of Marlborough and they are condemned to remain in the house (where they shared their bed!) as down the years it is tenanted by card players, dancing girls and circus performers, until we get to the Great War.

Characteristically for the day, considerable expense has been taken with the costumes and a major set and they people the thing with a celebrity support cast to compensate for the lack of marquee names. Effects work is as feeble as the jokes "Sheik!" "No, we better not touch him" Ho Ho!

Hans May's pastiche score is the best element.

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