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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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Gen. 'Jumbo' Burlap / Nawab of Bagwash
Felix Aylmer ...
Col. H. 'Bulldog' Kelsoe
Yvonne Arnaud ...
Millie
Claude Hulbert ...
Merryweather
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Dr. Cruickshank of Psychical Research Society
Marie Lohr ...
Lottie
Martita Hunt ...
Lady Mary
A.E. Matthews ...
Gen. Bristow
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Mortimer Digby
Ronald Frankau ...
Tex B. Farnum
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Staff Captain (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
Martin Miller ...
Professor
Wally Patch ...
Foreman
Esme Percy ...
Vizier
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Ghosts are condemned to haunt a house until it is visited by a reigning monarch,

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

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

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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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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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Witty, imaginative ghost story
28 June 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Although over 50 years' old, this film's wit and imagination have not dated. Two retired 18th-century British army officers accidentally kill themselves and are required to haunt their house in London's Berkeley Square until visited by reigning royalty. All their attempts over the next two centuries to lure the British monarch to the house fail. During that time, their home is occupied by a succession of colourful tenants, including a house of ill repute, an Indian rajah with his harem, a World War I soldiers' hospital and a World War II officers' club.

Robert Morley and Felix Aylmer as the quintessentially British ghosts are excellent. Their characters' witty repartee and dogged determination form the backbone of the movie. The supporting cast is equally good, containing a broad range of England's best character actors of the 1940's.

The sets and costumes are imaginatively rendered and true to the various historic periods covered by the story. The varied and imaginative musical score greatly helps set the mood of each era. Much of the cinematography is remarkable; a single-take lengthy crane shot very early in the film is particularly impressive. This is probably the best movie made by director Vernon Sewell, whose long career encompassed very little distinctive work.

This entertaining and well-made film is worthy of re-discovery.


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