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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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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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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This airs on CW network in the U.S. every Thanksgiving morning, after March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934). See more »

Goofs

Ollie is seen holding a newspaper up in a close up shot but it's down in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: [Ollie politely but firmly refuses the Captain's offer of a job on his sailing ship] No, sir, thank you, but we don't like the ocean.
Captain: Why, what's th'matter with it?
Stanley: Well, I heard the ocean's infatuated with sharks.
Oliver: Not infatuated. He means 'infuriated'.
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Spoofed in Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) See more »

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Laurel & Hardy provide some good scare laughs in The Live Ghost
31 October 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

With today being Halloween, I thought I'd celebrate the day by watching some comedy teams' films that deal with various scary things. In this one, Stan & Ollie are offered some money by a ship captain (Walter Long) to shanghai some drunken men to work on his boat. They succeed but also end up on it themselves. Since those men are stuck with them, the boys are protected by the captain. So when Laurel & Hardy decide to stay at each port, the captain orders them to keep an eye on one really drunk sailor (Arthur Housman) from leaving. That's when the fun really begins...It took a while but as the short kept on, I really found myself laughing especially when Stan gets really scared and then Ollie becomes so as well. Housman really piles his standard drunk act to hilarious results. Oh, and a threat from Long results in yet another freak ending Stan usually likes to employ to outrageous effect. So on that note, The Live Ghost gets a high recommendation from me.


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