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The Living Ghost (1942)

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Howard Dimsdale (original story), Joseph Hoffman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Dunn ... Nick Trayne
Joan Woodbury ... Billie Hilton
Paul McVey ... Ed Moline
Vera Gordon ... Sister Lapidus
Norman Willis ... Cedric, the Butler
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Lt. 'Pete' Peterson
Minerva Urecal ... Delia Phillips
George Eldredge ... Tony Weldon
Jan Wiley ... Tina Craig
Edna Johnson Edna Johnson ... Helen Craig
Danny Beck Danny Beck ... Doubletalker
Gus Glassmire Gus Glassmire ... Walter Craig
Lawrence Grant ... Dr. Bruhling
Howard Banks Howard Banks ... Arthur Wallace
J. Arthur Young J. Arthur Young ... George Phillips
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Storyline

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, leaving him in a zombified state. Trayne and his perky assistant Billie Hilton have their work cut out for them as they must sift through a houseload of possible suspects to get at the culprit. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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SPOOK CHASER... A reckless sleuth follows the trail of a white ZOMBIE!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Walking Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 5 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in New York City Thursday 14 April 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Syracuse NY Wednesday 4 May 1949 on WHEN (Channel 8), and in Cincinnati Friday 10 June 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

When Nick shines his flashlight at the cuckoo clock, the light stays on after a few second after Nick moves the flashlight elsewhere. See more »

Quotes

Nick Trayne: There's got to be a way to wake everybody up.
Billie Hilton: I could scream.
Nick Trayne: Don't do that, they'll think there's been another murder.
[sees a horn on the wall]
Nick Trayne: This s hould do it
[blows the horn]
Nick Trayne: Happy New Year!
Billie Hilton: I'll help you.
[yells]
Billie Hilton: Fish! Fish! Fish! Merry Christmas!
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Featured in Terror! Theatre: The Living Ghost (1957) See more »

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DVD Double Feature
12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Living Ghost, The (1942)

** (out of 4)

A detective is hired to find out who killed a man but once he's on the scene another victim falls into some sort of zombie-like state. Here's another "old dark house" film that has a rather boring mystery plot and lifeless direction from the usually reliable William Beaudine.

Ghost Walks, The (1934)

** (out of 4)

A screenwriter invites his producer's to an old dark house. He's paid a bunch of actors to act out his play so that the producer will put up the money but soon a real killer starts to stalk them. The premise is rather interesting but like most of these types of films of the era it really never gets too interesting due to the lackluster direction. Perhaps I've just seen way too many of these films but they all appear the same. Just a different cast.


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