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21 December 1980 (USA) See more »
Ghosts and a young cadet try to save a military academy from being closed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Dick O'Neill ... General Eulace C. Buxley

Victor French ... Sergeant Major Cheater B. Sweet
Louise Latham ... Bettina Buxley

Rad Daly ... Jeremy Ross

Monte Markham ... Colonel Joe Buxley

Ruta Lee ... Ernestine Di Gonzini

Vito Scotti ... Count Sergio Luchesi Di Gonzini
Don Porter ... Judge Oliver Haynes

Steve Franken ... Virgil Quinby
Renne Jarrett ... Emily Wakefield
Christian Juttner ... Cadet Captain Hubert Fletcher
Tricia Cast ... Posie Taylor
Guy Raymond ... Ben Grissom
John Myhers ... E.L. Hart
Joe Tornatore ... Vincent
John Ericson ... George Ross

Tony Becker ... Todd

Billy Jayne ... David Williams (as Bill Jacoby)

Directed by
Bruce Bilson 
Writing credits
Sy Gomberg (adaptation) &
Rick Mittleman (adaptation)

Sy Gomberg 

Produced by
Jerome Courtland .... producer
William Robert Yates .... executive producer
Original Music by
Frank De Vol 
Cinematography by
Leonard J. South 
Film Editing by
Norman R. Palmer 
Production Design by
John B. Mansbridge 
Ward Preston 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Roger M. Shook 
Costume Design by
Jack Sandeen 
Makeup Department
Eddie M. Barron .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Grace .... assistant director
Donald Newman .... second assistant director (as Don Newman)
Sound Department
Herb Taylor .... sound
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Ken Speed .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
Constantine Ganakes .... portrait
David Mattingly .... portrait
Crew believed to be complete

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120 min (including commercials)
Color (Technicolor)
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Fun Made For TV Disney Movie, 16 February 2005
Author: tvnutt from USA

I caught this one SEVERAL years ago on the Disney Channel. I remember originally seeing it on the Wonderful World of Disney in 1980(I think WWOD was on CBS at the time;but I was only 4). Buxley Hall Military Academy for Boys is steeped in tradition, founded by Gen. Eulace Buxley in the 1800's and now run by his relative. The problem is enrollment is way down, it owes money and the bank wants to foreclose. The only way to save Buxley is to make it co-ed with a girl's school. Of course Col. Joe Buxley hates the idea and doesn't warm up to the house mother or the noisy girls. In comes Jeremy Ross who lost his parents. Jeremy's uncle would like to enroll him and if Jeremy likes it, the uncle will pay off the school's debt. The problem is Jeremy's leech of an aunt and her gigolo husband are fighting Jeremy's uncle for custody(which includes the boy's sizable inheritance). If they can secretly make his life miserable at school, he'll beg to leave and they can offer him a more "stable" home than his single uncle can. But that's not going to happen soon because Jeremy finds a friend in young Posie(who despises the military school's stiff rules). Jeremy is also protected by the GHOSTS of Gen. Buxley, his wife Bettina and Sgt. Chester Sweet. Together the ghosts plot to save Buxley from demolition and Jeremy from his relatives.

Overall a fun, kid friendly movie with plenty of the common, goofy sight gags involving ghosts. Character actor Guy Raymond plays Ben Grissom the drunken caretaker who often see's ghostly activity but no one behind it. Coincidentally Raymond played Ed Peavey in the TV Show "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" and had many of the same reactions. You can catch Monte Markam in a post "The New Perry Mason" role and Victor French in a pre "Little House on the Prarie"/"Highway to Heaven" role. Also memorable, character actor Vito Scotti playing another accented character(at least he plays an Italian) and actress Ruta Lee in an over the top comical performance. Another coincidence, Rad Daly who played Jeremy and Tricia Cast who played Posie, appeared together a year earlier in the TV version of the "Bad News Bears." Rad played Josh Matthews the snobbish baseball player of the elite team always razzing the bears and Cast played Amanda Whirlitzer.

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