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The Spirit Is Willing (1967)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | July 1967 (USA)
A couple and their teenage son rent a haunted New England seaside house, and their summer vacation turns into a ghost-hunt.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Powell
Kate Powell
Steve Powell
Uncle George
Felicity Twitchell
Ricky Cordell ...
Miles Thorpe
Gloria Tritt
Fess Dorple
Ebenezer Twitchell
Mickey Deems ...
Rabbit Warren
Felicity's Father
Booper Mellish
Jenny Pruitt / Priscilla Weems / Carol Weems
Dr. Frieden


When Ben and Kate Powell (Sid Caesar and Vera Miles) rent a haunted New England house by the sea, their son Steve (Barry Gordon) gets blamed for the destruction caused by three unruly ghosts. Another of 'exploitation king' William Castle's supernatural films, this one is studded with familiar character actors including Harvey Lembeck, Mary Wickes, John McGiver, Doodles Weaver, Jesse White and John ("Gomez Addams") Astin. Written by alfiehitchie

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Kiss-Hungry Girl Ghosts Looking for a Live Lover in a Haunted House of Mayhem. See more »


Comedy | Horror


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Last film role for Nestor Paiva. See more »


When Ben is in the bathroom preparing to go to bed the first night, he walks out wearing slippers, when he enters the bedroom he is bare foot. See more »


Referenced in All the Way Down (1968) See more »

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2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I noticed a lot of people wishing there was a way to purchase a copy of this movie. I found a site online that sells rare and classic movies and stuff like that...and they carry this one. Plus, the DVD is only like $12.

Go to - http://store.thesmallscreen.org/spiswi19dvd.html.

Plug that URL into your browser and see for yourself.

I saw the movie when I was really really little and had just written it off as my imagination until I found it here. It combines two things little kids are understandably intrigued by: ghosts and sex. It's comforting to know that I was not simply too imaginative as a child, that the things I swear I remember weren't just fantasies! IMDb validated me just a little.

I wish I was alive in the sixties. Because according to these people, the greatest problem of THEIR time was "the sex lives of ghosts," not crime and poverty. Nice.

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