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The Time of Their Lives (1946)

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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Charles Barton

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Val Burton (original screenplay), Walter DeLeon (original screenplay) (as Walter De Leon) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Cuthbert Greenway / Dr. Ralph Greenway
Lou Costello ... Horatio Prim
Marjorie Reynolds ... Melody Allen
Binnie Barnes ... Mildred Dean
John Shelton ... Sheldon Gage
Gale Sondergaard ... Emily
Lynn Baggett ... June Prescott (as Lynne Baggett)
Jess Barker ... Thomas Danbury
Ann Gillis ... Nora O'Leary (as Anne Gillis)
Donald MacBride ... Lt. Mason
William Hall ... Sgt. Conners
Robert Barrat ... Maj. Putnam (as Robert H. Barrat)
Rex Lease ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghost Steps Out See more »

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Budget:

$830,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Writing in the Saturday Evening Post in 1949, Bud Abbott said this was his favorite film role, because for a change he was the butt of all the punishment, instead of Lou Costello. See more »

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In the prologue, set in 1780, Horatio Prim (Lou Costello) uses the term "teetotaler" to say he doesn't drink alcohol. The term (short for "total temperance") didn't exist until the late 19th century. See more »

Quotes

Horatio Prim: [he and Melody collide and are wearing each other's clothes] Odds bodkins, we're all mixed up!
[they run into each other again and get back into their own clothes]
Horatio Prim: Melody, don't ever do that again, I'm a boy!
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
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One that I missed along the way...at least it's an offbeat A&C yarn...
17 October 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

There are some genuinely amusing moments throughout THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES and the idea of setting an A&C comedy in the Restoration period is an unusual one, to put it mildly. But not all of it is as spontaneously funny as you might wish it to be, although fans of the duo will probably not complain.

A decided asset is a good cast, including MARJORIE REYNOLDS as Lou's ghost-mate intent on finding a missing letter from George Washington that will prove that she and LOU COSTELLO are not traitors. That's the whole premise of the story in a nutshell--and the cast does what it can with the one-liners to keep things moving. BINNIE BARNES has some sharp lines that she delivers with style and GALE SONDERGAARD excels as a spooky housekeeper. JESS BARKER is wasted in a minor role and ANN GILLIS tends to overact as Lou's temperamental sweetheart but within the framework of an over-the-top comedy, it doesn't matter much.

Fans of the team will enjoy the change of setting and there are enough sight gags based on Lou's invisibility gimmick that will keep his fans entertained. BUD ABBOT does some more serious emoting than usual and does surprisingly well without slapping Costello around, for a change.

Summing up: An unusual A&C comedy that their fans should enjoy--including some surprisingly good special effects.


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