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Three Live Ghosts (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 10 January 1936 (USA)
An investigator is asking Mrs. Gubbins about a William Foster, who was a friend of her stepson Jimmy. Both are listed as killed in action during the Great War. It is Armistice Day, 1918, ... See full summary »

Writers:

Frederic S. Isham (play) (as Frederick S. Isham), C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Arlen ... William 'Bill' Jones, an alias of William Foster
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Gibbins
Claud Allister ... Lord 'Spoofy' Brockton (as Claude Allister)
Charles McNaughton Charles McNaughton ... James 'Jimmie' Gubbins
Cecilia Parker ... Ann Gordon
Dudley Digges ... Inspector Briggs
Nydia Westman ... Peggy 'Peg' Woofers
Jonathan Hale ... Detective Bolton
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Lady Brockton (as Lillian Cooper)
Robert Greig ... John Ferguson, Brockton's Butler
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Storyline

An investigator is asking Mrs. Gubbins about a William Foster, who was a friend of her stepson Jimmy. Both are listed as killed in action during the Great War. It is Armistice Day, 1918, and the war is over. Who should be strolling down the street but Jimmy Gubbins, Bill 'Jones' and another man who has lost his memory. They are ghosts as the official records list them as dead and not as escaped P.O.W's. Jimmy's mother is not happy to see that Jimmy is still living as she has been spending the death benefits, but she is happy to see Bill as there is a large reward for him. No one knows much about the third one, called 'Spoofy', except that he can steal anything at anytime and that gets everyone is trouble. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

FUN PLUS ROMANCE PLUS EXCITEMENT IN ANOTHER HOWLING HIT OF 3,000 LAFFS (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Três Almas Errantes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Beryl Mercer, Charles McNaughton and Claud Allister originated their roles in the 1929 version of the movie. See more »

Connections

Version of Three Live Ghosts (1922) See more »

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It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
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Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Played by a band for returning marching soldiers
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Cute little film
6 April 2006 | by DrPostmanSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the other versions of this but the story is a simple one. Three war buddies escape a German POW camp at the very end of WW1 and arrive home just in time for the Armistice. To get backpay they have to prove that they are really alive. One of them is an American who appears to be wanted by US law enforcement. The other is his buddy with a thieving conniving money grubbing mom. The third doesn't remember who he is, but he is very good at taking things. He is constantly picking things up which leads to a very big heist, including child kidnapping.

Like I said, overall cute, and well worth a small waste of time seeing a movie made just before WW2. I'd like to see the other two versions some day so I can comment on them. But not so much that I want to take the trouble to find them. If they show up on TCM then all's the better.


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