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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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Charles Barton

Writers:

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


Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$830,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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The spirits of Horatio and Melody are bound to Danbury Acres until doomsday or some evidence exonerates them of being traitors. It's never explained why Tom Danbury's memoirs, which confesses his own guilt but affirms that both Melody and Horatio were innocent of any wrongdoing, fails to constitute the evidence needed to set them free. See more »

Quotes

Melody Allen: You know no self-respecting ghosts do any haunting before midnight.
Horatio Prim: Alright, I'll wait. But tonight, I haunt!
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Referenced in Charlie's Angels: Dancin' Angels (1980) See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
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Not the Run of the Mill Abbott & Costello Movie AT ALL!
6 July 2004 | by chconnolSee all my reviews

Growing up in the New York area as a kid, channel 11 (WPIX) used to show the Abbott and Costello movies every Sunday at 11:30 AM. I got to see virtually all of them. Some were OK (Buck Privates) while others were barely watchable (the later ones that start with "Abbott & Costello Meet [INSERT HORROR CHARACTER NAME]).

BUT...I have always noticed that "The Time of Their Lives" is definately very, very different from all of their other films. First of all it has a cohesive, discernable plot that isn't just about hanging the gags on. All of the comedic moments arise from and because of the plot and they work very well. And the resolution of the ghost's predicament (they were wrongly executed) is very satisfying.

It would be interesting to find out how and why this film was made because it differs so radically from the other Abbott & Costello films. Was it a fluke? Did the team seek better material? Did it simply come their way?

See this film. It's very good indeed.


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