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One Live Ghost (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 7 November 1936 (USA)
Henry Morton just wants to go fishing. Little things thwart him: Maxine the maid makes noise, Sonny, a lad in the household, makes a mess, and Henry's wife wants the car for shopping. A ... See full summary »

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Henry Morton / Philpot (valet) / Ghost of Henry Morton
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Ethel Morton (as Vivian Oakland)
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Henry Morton just wants to go fishing. Little things thwart him: Maxine the maid makes noise, Sonny, a lad in the household, makes a mess, and Henry's wife wants the car for shopping. A newly arrived friend, Bert, suggests that Henry fake his own death, don a disguise and appear as Bert's English valet, and skulk about. They'll mourn and the truth can later be revealed. Sonny hears the entire plan and alerts Henry's wife and the rest of the household. Only Maxine is in the dark. Henry's wife gives the valet an attic room, throws herself in his arms, complains about her late husband, and sends Henry into a tizzy. He and Bert set up a séance to try to fix their ruse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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maid | friend | fishing | disguise | attic | See All (24) »

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Comedy | Short

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Although produced shortly after the 1935 RKO Radio Pictures name change, this short displays the old Radio Pictures credit. The fine print credits attribute it as an RKO Radio Picture with the 1936 copyright. See more »

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Lucille Ball has early role in a Leon Errol short subject...
20 September 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Interesting to catch LUCILLE BALL as a giddy servant, referred to by LEON ERROL as "a half-wit." She giggles her way through an impossibly silly role in this RKO short--ironically, when her career hit the top it's the studio she and Dezi bought.

Speaking of "impossibly silly," that just about describes this painfully unfunny short. Leon Errol has his usual role as an irate husband, upset that his family disrespects him and determined to do something about it. His friend advises him to pose as another man to teach his family a lesson after he's gone, by faking his death.

Of course, everyone sees through his disguise and they have the last laugh as he struggles to convince them that he's returned as a ghost.

Awkwardly staged and performed, it's not a highlight in Errol's career.


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