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One Live Ghost (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Short  |  7 November 1936 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Leon Errol ...
Henry Morton / Philpot (valet) / Ghost of Henry Morton
Vivien Oakland ...
Ethel Morton (as Vivian Oakland)
Robert Graves ...
Delmar Watson ...


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 <>

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7 November 1936 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The actress who portrays Leon Errol's daughter Jane (Morton) along with the actor portraying her boyfriend Al are uncredited and unknown. See more »

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Something Different for Errol; An Early Look at Lucy
20 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leon pretends to be dead because his family takes him for granted and does not respect him. This a different type of plot from the familiar Errol RKO two-reel formula where Leon gets into trouble for drinking and/or cheating on his wife. This short seems to have to feel of an old stage burlesque sketch, and this works to its benefit. Leon is able to show us an early incarnation of his Lord Epping character from the later Mexican Spitfire series. Usually Leon used his own name in these shorts; this is one of the rare occasions where he has a character name. This seems to indicate that the material was not originally conceived for Leon, but was adapted for his skills. Written by comedian Monte Collins, it could have been used as a framework for a number of comedians. For many people, a large supporting role for the young Lucille Ball is this film's main attraction. Lucy plays the goofy maid of the Errol household. She has good interplay with Leon and one can tell that she has comedic abilities. This is many years prior to her television work and even her stint in post-war Columbia comedies, which tells us that Lucy's comedic skills were always in her repertoire. Errol's physical comedy skills are nicely spotlighted in this short and we even get some inside jokes about Leon's love of alcohol. The short moves quickly under Leslie Goodwins' solid direction and compares well with the classic Errol-Granger shorts made by Hal Yates in the 1940s.

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