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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 »


Charley Rogers (as Charles Rogers)




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


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


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 »


Captain: Aye, Joe!
Joe - Bartender: Hello, Captain!
Captain: [nods and motions for Joe to "set me up with the usual beverage"]
Joe - Bartender: What's on your mind?
Captain: Oh, you know - - same ol' thing... I'm sailin' with the tide and I need a few more hands.
Joe - Bartender: [in a naive tone of cheerful encouragement, not having heard about the unpleasant reputation of the Captain's ship] Well, there's plenty of men here, willin' to ship.
Captain: Yeah, well, it seems like none o' these mugs wanna ride with me.
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Two Minds Without A Single Thought
27 December 2008 | by guidon7See all my reviews

When the L&H Fan Club "The Sons of the Desert" was formed in the early 1960's, Stan, who had sustained a crippling stroke, nevertheless gave his blessing to the formation of the club and supplied the motto for it, which I have repeated above. (Another of his witticisms which I like is "You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead").

Theo Robertson in his comment above wondered whether either of the boys were fishermen. I don't believe Hardy was but Laurel in his younger days was a keen big game fisherman and fished regularly off Catalina Island for swordfish or marlin. Catalina Island, Theo, is about an hour boat trip from Los Angeles, for your information. He loved the water and had his own boat in those days.

In 1962 I visited Stan at his apartment in the Oceana Hotel in Santa Monica. A wonderful experience and a fond memory for this writer. One question I asked him was about Walter Long, the villain of villains in many of their films. His reply was that surprisingly, Long was one of the mildest men he had ever known and absolutely would not hurt a fly. That came as a big surprise for me.

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8 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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