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The Ghost of St. Michael's (1941)

A hapless teacher named Will Lamb is hired by a grim school in Scotland. The school soon starts to be haunted by a legendary ghost, whose spectral bagpipes signal the death of one of the ... See full summary »

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Marcel Varnel

Writers:

Angus MacPhail (original story and screenplay) (as Angus Macphail), John Dighton (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... Will Lamb
Claude Hulbert Claude Hulbert ... Hilary Tisdaile
Felix Aylmer ... Dr. Winter
Raymond Huntley ... Mr. Humphries
Roddy Hughes Roddy Hughes ... Amberley
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Stock
Charles Mortimer Charles Mortimer ... Sir Ambrose
Charles Hawtrey ... Percy Thorne
Derek Blomfield ... Sunshine
Clive Baxter Clive Baxter ... Ritzy
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Wigmore (as Elliot Mason)
John Laurie ... Jamie
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Procurator Fiscal
David Keir David Keir ... Dr. Ritchie
Brefni O'Rorke ... Sergt. Macfarlan
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A hapless teacher named Will Lamb is hired by a grim school in Scotland. The school soon starts to be haunted by a legendary ghost, whose spectral bagpipes signal the death of one of the staff. Lamb has to unravel the mystery before he becomes the next victim. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1941 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Ultra Violet Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Will Hay has his massage treatment after falling off 'a high chair', he gets dressed again in two or three seconds; there was nowhere near enough time for him to dress properly. See more »

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Referenced in 'We Are the Boys...': John Laurie (2006) See more »

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The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
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Heard as the bus leaves on the island
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You can never go back
17 December 2010 | by clivey6See all my reviews

I'm giving this seven out of ten, back as a kid it would have been a ten but this time round, well, I suppose you know you're getting old when you find yourself sympathising with Will Hay's incompetent teacher, and rather hoping the obnoxious, snotty school kids get a slap; Charles Hawtrey's smart alec schoolboy in particular seems a nasty piece of work. Otherwise the absence of Moffatt and Marriott are keenly felt, because they allowed Hay to be both blustery incompetence but also sarcastic - here he doesn't get anyone to be sarcastic or superior to, so it's a relatively one-note performance. In his earlier roles you never knew if he'd be the fool or the sarcy one at any given time, it kept you on your toes.

Huntley and Laurie would appear in the war movie The Way Ahead of course. Personally I'm not sure the plot machinations of St Michael's stand up. Was it Huntley's ink on the forged suicide note? What gives? Still, the ending has a few surprises and some genuinely sinister moments.


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