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The Time of Their Lives (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 16 August 1946 (USA)
Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Cuthbert Greenway / Dr. Ralph Greenway
... Horatio Prim
... Melody Allen
... Mildred Dean
... Sheldon Gage
... Emily
... June Prescott (as Lynne Baggett)
... Thomas Danbury
... Nora O'Leary (as Anne Gillis)
... Lt. Mason
... Sgt. Conners
... Maj. Putnam (as Robert H. Barrat)
... Sgt. Makepeace
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Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their innocence. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DIE LAUGHING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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16 August 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Ghost Steps Out  »

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$830,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second, and last, feature in which Bud Abbott and Lou Costello did not play a team. See more »

Goofs

Melody's hair and clothing is 1940s style. Women did not wear trousers in 1780, and the zipper was not invented until 1893. Even if she is wearing men's trousers with a fastener other than a zipper, they certainly would not open on the side. See more »

Quotes

Emily: [in a trance and speaking with the voice of Thomas Danbury] Melody, my beloved, it's Tom. I've come to help you.
June Prescott: Oh, Shelly, what does it mean?
Sheldon Gage: It-it must be Danbury speaking through Emily.
Mildred Dean: Oh, fine. A ghost to ghost broadcast.
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Time of Their Lives (2016) See more »

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How Dry I Am
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Music by Arthur Fields
Lyrics by Fred Hall
In the score when Horatio drinks by the well
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Enjoyable & Creative
8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This enjoyable and rather creative Abbott and Costello feature gives Bud and Lou each a chance to do a lot more on their own, while telling an entertaining story at a good pace. It's different from most of their films, in that Bud and Lou have very few moments when their characters interact. It works quite well, though, and it is certainly among their better movies.

The story takes a little while to set up, but then it begins to move more quickly. Once the prologue is over and the main plot begins, Costello and Marjorie Reynolds are quite entertaining as the two ghosts. There is just enough explanation provided to make the plot work, without going overboard or taking the premise too seriously.

The lengthy sequence with Bud and his friends trying to communicate with Costello and Reynolds provides many of the movie's best moments, and there is plenty of good material in the rest of the film as well. This picture delivers just what you hope for in a light comedy.


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