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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 »

Director:

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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Budget:

$830,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

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

Three weeks into shooting, Lou Costello demanded that his role be switched with Bud Abbott's. When director Charles Barton explained that this was unreasonable, Costello walked off the set. The cast and crew frantically worked around him for the next two weeks, when Costello slipped back onto the set and completed the film. He never apologized or explained his behavior. See more »

Goofs

When Horatio and Melody fall from their horses after being shot by the Revolutionary Army soldiers the ground is obviously a mat covered by burlap. See more »

Quotes

Melody Allen: This is the first pleasure I've had in 165 years.
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Referenced in Charlie's Angels: Dancin' Angels (1980) 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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'Odsbodkins - a classic!
7 August 2005 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This one had by miles the best plot of any A&C film, and has always been in my Top 5 favourites of theirs. Otoh it isn't the best A&C film as they were again working within a separate framework ('Little Giant' being the other), instead of Abbott & Costello the comedy team this was Abbott, and Costello the comedy actors. With less reliance on the violent slapstick TTOTL can hold its own against other films of this genre, on its own merits. And even though the print is in pristine condition, at the time of writing in 2005 had not been shown on UK TV since 1.10.1977!

The plot - Costello and Reynolds shot by their own side by mistake and also rather vehemently accursed as traitors by the Major in charge in 1780, after 165 years as ghosts they both get the chance to clear themselves of the slur and take their place in Heaven. Although the similar 'Ghost Goes West' is much better in nearly all departments, this also manages exceptionally well to capture the bittersweet and melancholic mixed emotions that this type of storyline could generate.

A marvellous experiment, and one I wish they'd tried a few more times in the following years - instead what followed a few years later was 'Captain Kidd' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk' - no comment!


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