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The Living Ghost (1942)

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Howard Dimsdale (original story), Joseph Hoffman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Dunn ... Nick Trayne
Joan Woodbury ... Billie Hilton
Paul McVey ... Ed Moline
Vera Gordon ... Sister Lapidus
Norman Willis ... Cedric, the Butler
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Lt. 'Pete' Peterson
Minerva Urecal ... Delia Phillips
George Eldredge ... Tony Weldon
Jan Wiley ... Tina Craig
Edna Johnson Edna Johnson ... Helen Craig
Danny Beck Danny Beck ... Doubletalker
Gus Glassmire Gus Glassmire ... Walter Craig
Lawrence Grant ... Dr. Bruhling
Howard Banks Howard Banks ... Arthur Wallace
J. Arthur Young J. Arthur Young ... George Phillips
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Storyline

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, leaving him in a zombified state. Trayne and his perky assistant Billie Hilton have their work cut out for them as they must sift through a houseload of possible suspects to get at the culprit. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SPOOK CHASER... A reckless sleuth follows the trail of a white ZOMBIE!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Walking Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 5 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Thursday 14 April 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Syracuse NY Wednesday 4 May 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), and in Cincinnati Friday 10 June 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

When Nick shines his flashlight at the cuckoo clock, the light stays on after a few second after Nick moves the flashlight elsewhere. See more »

Quotes

Nick Trayne: There's got to be a way to wake everybody up.
Billie Hilton: I could scream.
Nick Trayne: Don't do that, they'll think there's been another murder.
[sees a horn on the wall]
Nick Trayne: This s hould do it
[blows the horn]
Nick Trayne: Happy New Year!
Billie Hilton: I'll help you.
[yells]
Billie Hilton: Fish! Fish! Fish! Merry Christmas!
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An interesting mystery!
28 May 1999 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

This is a very interesting, off-beat mystery, concerning a man who disappears from his home, and is found later with a paralyzed brain. But....is he a killer?

This film is notable because it is probably Joan Woobury's biggest role. Despite what L. Matlin says, "Nick Trayne" is QUITE amusing, and adds a lot of "zest" to the film.


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