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The Ghost Goes West (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 7 February 1936 (USA)
A haunted Scottish castle is dismantled and transported to Florida, bringing the family ghost along with it.


René Clair


René Clair, Eric Keown (story "Sir Tristram Goes West") | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Donat ... Murdoch Glourie / Donald Glourie
Jean Parker ... Peggy Martin
Eugene Pallette ... Mr. Joe Martin
Elsa Lanchester ... Miss Shepperton
Ralph Bunker ... Ed L. Bigelow
Patricia Hilliard Patricia Hilliard ... Shepherdess
Everley Gregg ... Mrs. Gladys Martin
Morton Selten ... The Glourie
Chili Bouchier ... Cleopatra
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... Murdoch's Groom
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Fergus
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. MacNiff
Hay Petrie ... The McLaggen
Quinton McPherson Quinton McPherson ... Mackaye (as Quentin McPhearson)


An American businessman's daughter convinces him to buy a Scottish castle but he comes up with a plan to disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The deal includes the last family heir and his cursed several-hundred year old ghost ancestor who haunts the castle waiting for the chance to redeem his family's honor. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The most romantic ghost you've ever seen! (Print Ad- New York Post, ((New York, NY)) 12 March 1936)


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This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Philadelphia Friday 11 June 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Boston Sunday 20 June 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), by Chicago Monday 28 June 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), by Cleveland Sunday 18 July 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), by St. Louis Thursday 7 October 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), by New York City Friday 15 October 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), by Baltimore Friday 3 December 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), by Los Angeles Sunday 9 January 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), by Atlanta Wednesday 2 February 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and by Cincinnati Monday 25 April 1949 on freshly launched WKRC (Channel 11). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »


Having come to dinner at the castle in a tulle evening gown, Peggy decides on the spur of the moment to spend the night. Yet next morning she comes down in a daytime outfit, which she obviously would not have had with her. See more »


Murdoch Glourie: Father, where are you? Where am I?
The Glourie: In limbo, the empty place between heaven and earth. I died with honor, and you died a coward's death, do you realize that?
Murdoch Glourie: Yes father, I suppose I did.
The Glourie: Then you can never be welcomed among your ancestors in heaven.
Murdoch Glourie: Never?
The Glourie: You will be an earthbound ghost, doomed to haunt the dark halls of Glourie Castle.
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Referenced in Ed Wood (1994) See more »


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Music by Abe Holzmann
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Quite fun.
30 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Ghost Goes West" is a cute movie which is an interesting hybrid. It's directed by the famous French director René Clair, stars the British actor Robert Donat and many of the actors are Americans! It sounds odd...but it all works very well.

The film begins two hundred years ago. Murdock Glourie (Donat) is the son of a noble Scottish lord but he ends up embarrassing himself and losing the family honor when he's supposed to be out acting manly and fighting a war. He ends up getting killed by mistake and his father curses him to roam the family castle until he regains their honor.

Years pass. The family fortune is gone and the castle is a wreck. Donald Glourie (also played by Donat) has a mountain of debts and he and his creditors see no escaping it...until some goofy Americans with more money than common sense see the place and decide to buy it! Oddly, while Donald tries to keep the family out of the castle after midnight (when the ghost appears each night), the daughter (Jean Parker) sees the ghost and thinks it's Donald...and she thinks this version of 'Donald' is pretty sexy! Regardless, the goofy father (Eugene Palette) decides to move the castle, stone by stone, to Florida....and he invites over a bunch of rich swells to see the castle AND the ghost. What's next? See the film.

This is a cute film with a nice comedic touch and a touch of romance. While it's all very slight, it's handled well by Clair and the film is a delightful outing. Well worth seeing.

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7 February 1936 (USA) See more »

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Fantôme à vendre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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