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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
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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 »
The opening sets the scene in Scotland but the pipe band is playing a famous Irish tune, Brian Boru's March. See more »
Father, where are you? Where am I?
In limbo, the empty place between heaven and earth. I died with honor, and you died a coward's death, do you realize that?
Yes father, I suppose I did.
Then you can never be welcomed among your ancestors in heaven.
You will be an earthbound ghost, doomed to haunt the dark halls of Glourie Castle.
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When a haunted Scottish castle is dismantled and removed to Florida THE GHOST GOES WEST, too.
Made under the auspices of producer Sir Alexander Korda, acclaimed director René Clair & distinguished author Robert E. Sherwood, here is a fine little film--very popular in its day--for thoughtful intellects, about things which go bump in the night. Or, rather, one thing in particular: a kilted phantom doomed to stalk his ancestral castle until his family's honour is avenged--irregardless of the actual physical location of his old stones, or whatever romantic complications may ensue.
Handsome Robert Donat brings just the right amount of sophisticated humor to the dual roles of the ghost and his 20th century descendant. The lovely Jean Parker is splendid as an American rich girl very happy to take the Highlands real estate if Mr. Donat comes along with it. Playing her father, Eugene Palette exhibits both bluster & bemusement as the merchant grocer determined on buying old Glourie Castle, ghost and all.
Morton Selten & Hay Petrie have amusing short roles as clan lairds who are fierce antagonists. The marvelous Elsa Lanchester appears far too briefly at the film's conclusion as a paranormal enthusiast.
Acknowledgment should go to Vincent Korda for his atmospheric sets. And just what is the difference betwixt a thistle in the heather & a kiss in the dark?
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