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The Live Ghost (1934)

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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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mae Busch's character Maisie wears an outfit that clearly is meant to reference the title character of Sadie Thompson (1928). See more »

Goofs

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: I'd better go in this time - - they'll know you by now.
[exchanges the frying pan for the bag of eggs]
Oliver: And lay it ohhnnn HEAVY!
[...]
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References Rain (1932) See more »

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All At Sea
2 December 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Laurel & Hardy head out to sea again in this Hal Roach short. In this one they're hired by the captain of a haunted ship to help him shanghai a crew for his next voyage. The plan is that Stan goes into a bar and annoys a sailor by crushing an egg in his mouth. When the angry sailor gives chase, Ollie's waiting outside the bar to whack him over the head so that the captain can throw him into the hold of the ship. Of course, when Stan and Ollie swap roles Stan gets it all wrong, and he and Ollie end up being shanghaied with their victims. Chaplin used a similar idea in one of his silent pictures, but once aboard ship this story goes off in a completely different direction, with the boys mistaking a drunken shipmate who has fallen into an improbably large tray of white paint for a ghost. The shanghai scenes are the best – after that you get the feeling they're just going through another day at the office. It's not their best work, but it'll do.


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