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Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | June 1944 (USA)
Gildersleeve, running for office, is aided by two ghosts and hindered by a mad scientist and an invisible woman.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Peary ... Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve / Ghost of Randolph Q. Gildersleeve / Ghost of Jonathan Q. Gildersleeve
Marion Martin ... Terry Vance
Richard LeGrand ... Mr. Peavey
Amelita Ward ... Marie - Wells' Maid
Freddie Mercer Freddie Mercer ... Leroy Forrester
Margie Stewart ... Marjorie Forrester
Marie Blake ... Harriet Morgan
Emory Parnell ... Police Commissioner Haley
Nick Stewart Nick Stewart ... Chauncey - Haley's Chauffeur (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Frank Reicher ... Dr. John Wells
Joseph Vitale ... Lennox - Wells' Henchman
Lillian Randolph ... Birdie - Gildersleeve's Housekeeper
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Storyline

Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve (of radio fame) is running for police commissioner against incumbent Haley. The ghosts (!) of his ancestors Randolph and Jonathan decide to help him get elected, but succeed only in getting him mixed up with mad scientist John Wells, an escaped gorilla, and an intermittently invisible showgirl... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1944 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Only credited film for Margie Stewart. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper in the first scene is the "Summerfield Indicator" in medium shots but the "Evening Dispatch" in insert. See more »

Quotes

Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve: Women will back my campaign, because no one will point the accusing finger of scandal in my direction. Every woman knows that I've been the perfect gentleman in all... um, almost every woman knows that I've been... um... and in conclusion...
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Connections

Follows Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung a cappella by Harold Peary
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The Laugh
3 May 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Its common, I suppose, for celebrities to make it on a single attribute. Julia's smile, Jaylo's butt... and Peary's laugh. He was already one of the top radio personalities of all time based on his exploitation of that one comic effect.

Here, it is transferred to the screen as nearly all radio successes were. And it is shoehorned into a formula cornucopia: a real gorilla and a gorilla costume; a disappearing and reappearing "show" girl (who gets to be nude on screen in a shower scene, but invisibly so); and a mad scientist. The whole thing is framed by the ghosts the ancestors of Gildy's and his sidekick, played by the same actors of course.

Its the old kind of simple comic nesting: the story within the story, that contains actors acting and confusions between the two.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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