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The Spirit Is Willing (1967)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | July 1967 (USA)
A couple and their teenage son rent a haunted New England seaside house, and their summer vacation turns into a ghost-hunt.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Ben Starr (screenplay), Nathaniel Benchley (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sid Caesar ... Ben Powell
Vera Miles ... Kate Powell
Barry Gordon ... Steve Powell
John McGiver ... Uncle George
Cass Daley ... Felicity
Ricky Cordell Ricky Cordell ... Miles Thorpe
Mary Wickes ... Gloria Tritt
Jesse White ... Fess Dorple
Robert Donner ... Ebenezer
Mickey Deems Mickey Deems ... Rabbit Warren
Nestor Paiva ... Felicity's Father
Doodles Weaver ... Booper Mellish
Jay C. Flippen ... Mother
Jill Townsend ... Jenny / Priscilla / Carol
John Astin ... Dr. Frieden
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Storyline

When Ben and Kate Powell (Sid Caesar and Vera Miles) rent a haunted New England house by the sea, their son Steve (Barry Gordon) gets blamed for the destruction caused by three unruly ghosts. Another of 'exploitation king' William Castle's supernatural films, this one is studded with familiar character actors including Harvey Lembeck, Mary Wickes, John McGiver, Doodles Weaver, Jesse White and John ("Gomez Addams") Astin. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Kiss-Hungry Girl Ghosts Looking for a Live Lover in a Haunted House of Mayhem. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trois fantômes à la page See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Last film role for Nestor Paiva. See more »

Goofs

When Ben is in the bathroom preparing to go to bed the first night, he walks out wearing slippers, when he enters the bedroom he is bare foot. See more »

Quotes

Ben Powell: Look, you can't afford a new car.
Steve Powell: But dad, neither can you but you drive one.
Ben Powell: I'm too poor to drive an old car.
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Crazy Credits

The people in this movie are fictitious. Only the ghosts are real. See more »

Connections

Referenced in All the Way Down (1968) See more »

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Loved it. Good comedy with a twist.
14 August 2005 | by SusanWeilepSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was about 14 and couldn't remember the name of it till I found this site. It was a hilarious movie and I'd love to get the movie if it's available. The music from the movie has stuck in my head all of these years. A very catchy tune. I loved the way the ghosts would fight among themselves and the boy got the blame for all the damages that they were inflicting on the house. I was able to relate to what the teenage boy was feeling each time he got the blame. He was able to see the ghosts and could do nothing to stop it and no one would believe him. It is billed as Comedy/Horror, but I remember it being a good family comedy that I wouldn't hesitate to take my kids to see.


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