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The Smiling Ghost (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Mystery | 6 September 1941 (USA)
An heiress seems to be cursed as each of her intended grooms meets with a horrible end.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screen play), Stuart Palmer (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wayne Morris ... Lucky Downing
Brenda Marshall ... Lil Barstow
Alexis Smith ... Elinor Bentley Fairchild
Alan Hale ... Norton - the Butler
Lee Patrick ... Rose Fairchild
David Bruce ... Paul Myron
Helen Westley ... Grandmother Bentley
Willie Best ... Clarence
Charles Halton ... Great Uncle Ames Bentley
Richard Ainley ... Cousin Tennant Bentley
Roland Drew ... Uncle Hilton Fairchild
George Meader George Meader ... Mr. Dinwiddie
Clem Bevans ... Sexton - Cemetery Caretaker
Arthur Aylesworth ... Justice of the Peace (as Arthur Aylsworth)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Hagney ... Ryan (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Elinor Bentley Fairchild's previous three grooms-to-be have either died or been maimed. Her aunt hires Lucky Downing to become engaged to her for a month to break the curse. But Lucky becomes a target of what appears to be the ghost of one of the former fiances. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Smiling Ghost See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Saturday 15 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Wednesday 31 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Friday 14 December 1956 on WISH (Channel 8), in Salt Lake City Monday 25 February 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), in Phoenix Friday 15 March 1957 on KVAR (Channel 12), and in Miami Wednesday 20 March 1957 on WTVJ (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Clarence: Boss, if you hear something whizzing by you, it'll be me.
Alexander "Lucky" Downing: Why, Clarence, don't tell me you're afraid.
Clarence: I ain't afraid, but my feets ain't gonna stand around and see my body abused.
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Wayne Morris
Played on piano by Lee Patrick at the wedding
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a fine scary movie with elements of suspense and humour
16 January 2003 | by rluttonSee all my reviews

I remember with fond 'scariness' this definitive film of the early 40s. It had the unseen murderer, the witless hero, the beguiling heroine and the bulging eyes of the hero's assistant.

It still remains a film that may be viewed with pleasure. It has all the elements of the 'scary' - darkened night - sliding panels - a gauche hero - humour and wit. It may lack the suspense of the Spiral Staircase, but it still remains a film worthy to be seen.


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