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The Ghost Goes Gear (1966)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  September 1966 (UK)
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Unbeknownst to the Spencer Davis Group, their manager is upper class, grew up in a haunted manor, and is called Algernon. When they visit his home, they find out that the family is broke, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Davis ...
Himself
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Himself
Muff Winwood ...
Himself
Pete York ...
Himself
Nicholas Parsons ...
Algernon Rowthorpe Plumley
Sheila White ...
Polly
Lorne Gibson ...
Himself - Leader, The Lorne Gibson Trio
Arthur Howard ...
Vicar
Joan Ingram ...
Lady Rowthorpe
Tony Sympson ...
Lord Plumley
Jack Haig ...
Old Edwards
Robert Langley ...
Little Boy
Emmett Hennessy ...
Butch
Helen Ford ...
An Old Lady
Kathleen Heath ...
An Old Lady
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Unbeknownst to the Spencer Davis Group, their manager is upper class, grew up in a haunted manor, and is called Algernon. When they visit his home, they find out that the family is broke, they don't have the money to pay the servants, and their home is going to ruin. Spencer suggests that they advertise the home (and the ghost) and charge admission. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Two days before filming, Lorne Gibson tripped at home, and had 26 stitches in the side of his face. This necessitated filming him from only one side throughout the whole film. See more »

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No One Home
Sung by The Three Bells
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Spencer Davis Group Good, Movie Bad, DVD Commentary A Hoot!
20 April 2002 | by (Whitehall, PA) – See all my reviews

One of my friends lent me the DVD of THE GHOST GOES GEAR, since I tend to get a kick out of 1960s rock 'n' roll comedies. The good news is that The Spencer Davis Group, in what I believe is their only film of this type, is very likable and even shows a bit of a flair for knockabout comedy (their drummer is particularly fun to watch, and young Stevie Winwood, while quiet, is certainly easy on the eyes). The bad news is that what little plot there is, nonsense about the boys' Upper Class Twit manager and his haunted family estate (interestingly the ghost haunting it is smilingly played by Roger Daltrey lookalike Lorne Gibson, who also sings in the film with his group The Lorne Gibson Trio), takes up an inordinate amount of screen time and makes a typical SCOOBY-DOO episode look like the best of Hitchcock! When the jokes are funny, it's a happy accident of delivery and timing -- otherwise, the flick's pretty much just an excuse to string together musical numbers featuring all-but-forgotten British folk and pop acts of the time (including Mr. Acker Bilk!). If you love The Spencer Davis Group, though, you'll find it worthwhile to turn on the commentary track -- and not just because it drowns out the rest of the film! :-) Spencer Davis and Martin Davis (no relation :-) tell lots of funny off-the-cuff stories about the film's creation and the folks involved, and even they cheerfully admit that the film is, er, flawed and that most of the folks in it barely even qualify as footnotes in British pop history. So if you're in the mood for a curiosity and you've got a pal who can loan this DVD to you (so you don't have to spend actual money on it :-), THE GHOST GOES GEAR is worth one viewing, especially if you gather a bunch of friends who love to do a DIY MST3K number on such films (like my hubby did when we watched it :-)!


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