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Ghost Catchers (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Music | 16 June 1944 (USA)
Two zanies get mixed up with a Southern colonel, his beautiful daughters, a nightclub and a haunted mansion.

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay), Milt Gross (story "High Spirits") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Ole Olsen ... Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson ... Chic Johnson
Gloria Jean ... Melinda Marshall
Martha O'Driscoll ... Susanna Marshall
Leo Carrillo ... Jerry
Andy Devine ... Horsehead
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Bear (as Lon Chaney)
Walter Catlett ... Colonel Breckinridge Marshall
Morton Downey ... Morton Downey
Ella Mae Morse Ella Mae Morse ... Virginia Bennett - Vocalist
Kirby Grant ... Clay Edwards (as Kirby Grant and His Orchestra)
Armando & Lita Armando & Lita ... Specialty Dance Act (as Armando and Lita)
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Storyline

Colonel Breckinridge Martshall (Walter Catlett), a self-appointed southern colonel, brings his two daughters,Melinda (Gloria Jean) and Susanna (Martha O'Driscoll), to New York City so they can sing at Carnegie Hall. He buys a haunted house from Chambers ('Walter Kingsford' qv)) a crooked real estate dealer. The "ghosts" start their work on the first night and Susanna runs next door to a nightclub owned by Olsen (Ole Olsen) and Johnson (Chic Johnson)and they agree to help her...and set out to rid the house of the ghosts. They have little trouble getting rid of the tap-dancing ghost but the remaining ones intend to stay. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ELLA MAE MORSE - Radio's Blues-Not Honey of Song! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Diana Barrymore was originally slated to appear as "Susanna Marshall" but rejected it after reading the script. Universal canceled her contract. See more »

Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

After You've Gone
Written by Turner Layton and Henry Creamer
Performed by Morton Downey
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The Best Olsen & Johnson film
8 June 1999 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

Without a doubt, this film is O & J's best film! A Colonel (with 2 daughters) move from Ga to NYC for the girl's Carnegie Hall debut.

The house they choose is haunted....by gangsters AND a REAL ghost!

Great O & J slapstick comedy, Swing dancing, and music ("Blue Candlelight" is the showstopper).

Plus, the ghosts (real & fake) are CREEPY!

"Last the best of all the game"!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Spirits See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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