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Three Live Ghosts (1922)

Spoofy, Jimmy Gubbins, and Billy Foster are all reported dead in the First World War. In reality, they have been prisoners of the Germans and are released at the end of the war. They return... See full summary »

Director:

George Fitzmaurice

Writers:

Ouida Bergère, Frederic S. Isham (play) (as Frederic Stewart Isham) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Norman Kerry ... Billy Foster
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Ivis
Edmund Goulding ... Jimmy Gubbins
John Miltern John Miltern ... Peter Lame
Cyril Chadwick Cyril Chadwick ... Spoofy
Clare Greet ... Mrs. Gubbins (as Claire Greet)
Dorothy Fane Dorothy Fane ... The Duchess
Annette Benson Annette Benson ... Mrs. Woofers
Wyndham Guise Wyndham Guise ... Briggs (as Windham Guise)
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Spoofy, Jimmy Gubbins, and Billy Foster are all reported dead in the First World War. In reality, they have been prisoners of the Germans and are released at the end of the war. They return to England to discover that they are believed dead and they christen themselves The Three Live Ghosts. Jimmy's mother has been collecting life insurance on him and doesn't want his non-dead quality to spoil the game. Additionally, she wants to claim the reward for a missing William Foster by turning in Billy. And Spoofy, who suffers from amnesia and kleptomania, worries his pals when he turns up with posh clothes and a baby, just after a nobleman's house is robbed and a child kidnapped. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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If ye have tears pf laughter, prepare to shed them now! (Print Ad- The Bellingham Herald,((Bellingham, Wash.)) 15 March 1922)

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3 levande spöken See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A *sort of* Hitchcock film
27 July 2013 | by Zbigniew_KrycsiwikiSee all my reviews

Hitchcock worked in the art department, and did this film's title cards, anyway.

A lobby card contained the text: "If ye have tears of laughter, prepare to shed them now!", "3 Live Ghosts, A George Fitzmaurice production", "A tale of three buddies who came home from war when the world had given them up for lost. WARNING! - This is no picture for folks with a sense of humor and a cracked lip!", along with caricatures of three men in black being chased by three white ghosts.

The lobby card used the numeral '3', while online sources (What few there are for this film) spell out the word 'Three'.

The production was shot in England in late 1921, and released in six reels (at 1763 metres) in the USA on 1 January 1922, then released in the UK, and Finland, on 30 March 1924.

A copy of the film is said to exist at Gosfilmofond (National Film Foundation of Russian Federation) in Moscow, Russia. If only they would restore it and release it in some fashion.


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