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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 »

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(play) (as Frederick S. Isham), (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... William 'Bill' Jones, an alias of William Foster
... Mrs. Gibbins
... Lord 'Spoofy' Brockton (as Claude Allister)
Charles McNaughton ... James 'Jimmie' Gubbins
... Ann Gordon
... Inspector Briggs
... Peggy 'Peg' Woofers
... Detective Bolton
... Lady Brockton (as Lillian Cooper)
... John Ferguson, Brockton's Butler
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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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FUN PLUS ROMANCE PLUS EXCITEMENT IN ANOTHER HOWLING HIT OF 3,000 LAFFS (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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10 January 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Três Almas Errantes  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 29 September 1920 and ran for 250 performances. It was produced by Max Marcin, the production associate of this movie, and included in its cast Charles McNaughton and Beryl Mercer, both of whom are in this film. See more »

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Version of Three Live Ghosts (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Plum and Apple
Composer unknown
Sung a cappella by Richard Arlen, Charles McNaughton and Claud Allister
Reprised by them near the end
Played in the score at the end
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Enjoyable but the resolutions to all the problems do seem to occur as if by magic!
6 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

"Three Live Ghosts" is a wacky comedy--the sort where you just sit back and let all the craziness occur. In other words, don't think about it...just enjoy the zaniness and don't think too much when it comes to the ending!

The film begins with the Armistace in 1918. World War One has just ended and three friend who were in a German prisoner of war camp just escaped. However, all three were declared dead and the authorities insist that they are dead--hence the title of the film. One of them, Jimmie, has a very larcenous mother who doesn't want to stop getting government payments for her supposedly dead son...but she also has learned that someone is willing to pay one thousand pounds for the whereabouts of Jimmie's comrade, Bill (Richard Arlen). If this isn't enough there's 'Spoofy'...the third 'ghost' and a guy who is so shell-shocked that he mostly runs around stealing things...and comes home one night with a fortune in jewels AND a baby!! It's all one crazy mess...yet, miraculously, it all is resolved as if by magic at the end and all is well! Only in a movie!

This is a fun film...nutty, but fun. It's clearly a turn off your brain sort of thing and is filled with many cute moments. It was also, incidentally, filmed in 1929 but I haven't seen that version so I cannot compare them. Either way, try to get to this weird film if you can.


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