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The Live Ghost (1934)

Passed | | Short, Comedy | 8 December 1934 (USA)
A gruff sea captain, who absolutely detests the word "ghost," is having trouble manning his ship because of the rumor it's...well...haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him... See full summary »

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Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Mae Busch ... Maisie the Vamp
Walter Long ... Captain
Arthur Housman ... Drunken Sailor
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Storyline

A gruff sea captain, who absolutely detests the word "ghost," is having trouble manning his ship because of the rumor it's...well...haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him shanghai a crew from the sailors at a dockside bar. The comic duo accomplish this by using one of the funniest devices ever put into a movie, and of course it all goes wrong. Once aboard, the captain warns them that whoever says the word "ghost" will get his head twisted from north to south. After much time at sea and many port stops later, one of the drunken sailors falls into a trough of whitewash, terrorizing Stanley and Oliver into blurting out "ghost" in front of the enraged captain, which brings about the story's Laurel and Hardy trademark "another fine mess" ending. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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captain | sailor | ship | bar | money | See All (12) »

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Short | Comedy

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az eleven kisértet See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Intoxicated-character actor Arthur Houseman actually was an alcoholic. See more »

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The cabin door that Hardy crashes through is obviously just made of thin breakable panelling that simply "pulverizes" when he barges through it. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: [proudly shows Stan the second dollar bill that the captain has given him]
Stanley: [takes the bill and inspects it with a pleased smile, then reaches in his pocket and retrieves the other half of the first dollar bill, which he gives to Ollie, so that they each now have one dollar bill]
Oliver: [contemptuously grabs the whole dollar bill back from Stan and shoves him toward the tavern doors again, then gives him a whack on the behind with the frying pan]
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Follows The Formula Very Well
22 April 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Watching THE LIVE GHOST I was reminded of how this short resembles very many other L&H shorts . This isn`t meant as a criticism in any way but it`s remarkable how many other films feature Stan and Ollie fishing , we see them do the same in BONNIE SCOTLAND and MURDER CASE and a few other of their laugh fests . Does anyone know if these two comedy greats were obsessed with fishing in real life ?

THE LIVE GHOST also shows the duo are at their funniest when Stan plays the hysterical coward who sadly deludes himself if he goes running to Ollie he might able to do something which a big mistake since Ollie plays an arrogant and hypocritical coward lecturing Stan that there`s nothing be afraid of . The script telegraphs what the pay of is going to be ( Not to mention the title ) with Stan running around squeling EEEE - EEEE - EEEE , Ollie howling OOOOHHH - OOOOOOHHH - OOOOHHH and this reviewer going Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

The supporting cast of Long , Busch and Housman more or less play the parts that they do in all the other L&H shorts ( Again not a criticism ) so when all is said and done this is certainly one of the most typical short features with Stan and Ollie so is certainly worth watching


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