Three Live Ghosts (1936)

Passed   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Romance

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An investigator is asking Mrs. Gubbins about a William Foster, who was a friend of her stepson Jimmy. Both are listed as killed in action during the Great War. It is Armistice Day, 1918, ... See full summary »


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H. Bruce Humberstone


Frederic S. Isham (from the play by), C. Gardner Sullivan (screenplay)

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6 November 2016 | MartinHafer
| Enjoyable but the resolutions to all the problems do seem to occur as if by magic!
"Three Live Ghosts" is a wacky comedy--the sort where you just sit back and let all the craziness occur. In other words, don't think about it...just enjoy the zaniness and don't think too much when it comes to the ending!

The film begins with the Armistace in 1918. World War One has just ended and three friend who were in a German prisoner of war camp just escaped. However, all three were declared dead and the authorities insist that they are dead--hence the title of the film. One of them, Jimmie, has a very larcenous mother who doesn't want to stop getting government payments for her supposedly dead son...but she also has learned that someone is willing to pay one thousand pounds for the whereabouts of Jimmie's comrade, Bill (Richard Arlen). If this isn't enough there's 'Spoofy'...the third 'ghost' and a guy who is so shell-shocked that he mostly runs around stealing things...and comes home one night with a fortune in jewels AND a baby!! It's all one crazy mess...yet, miraculously, it all is resolved as if by magic at the end and all is well! Only in a movie!

This is a fun film...nutty, but fun. It's clearly a turn off your brain sort of thing and is filled with many cute moments. It was also, incidentally, filmed in 1929 but I haven't seen that version so I cannot compare them. Either way, try to get to this weird film if you can.

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