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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

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 »


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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

Lou Costello's practice of taking home props proved to be a major problem for the special effects crew. Some of the special effects shots required the sets and props to remain intact for shooting with, and without, the actors. Reportedly on one occasion when Lou removed a prop, it required two days of re-shooting for the special effects department. See more »

Goofs

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: I need help.
Horatio Prim: [With his head sticking out of a trunk] What do you think I need? Would you please me get out of this overcoat?
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(1616) (uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
Sung a cappella by Lou Costello twice
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Arguably Bud & Lou's best film; underrated vehicle showing their true colors and acting chops
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES (1946) ***1/2 Abbott and Costello original with the team "separated": Lou's a Revolutionary War-era ghost with comely spirit Marjorie Reynolds who both were murdered and branded traitors to America, and due to a curse set upon their souls are forced to remain on Earth until they are proven patriots thanks to a letter in an antique clock authored by George Washington. Bud is very good as an ancestor of Costello's arch nemesis providing Lou a good reason to scare him. Pretty funny and some solid acting from the duo.


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