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The Spirit Is Willing (1967)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror | July 1967 (USA)
A couple and their teenage son rent a haunted New England seaside house, and their summer vacation turns into a ghost-hunt.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Ben Starr (screenplay), Nathaniel Benchley (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sid Caesar ... Ben Powell
Vera Miles ... Kate Powell
Barry Gordon ... Steve Powell
John McGiver ... Uncle George
Cass Daley ... Felicity
Ricky Cordell Ricky Cordell ... Miles Thorpe
Mary Wickes ... Gloria Tritt
Jesse White ... Fess Dorple
Robert Donner ... Ebenezer
Mickey Deems Mickey Deems ... Rabbit Warren
Nestor Paiva ... Felicity's Father
Doodles Weaver ... Booper Mellish
Jay C. Flippen ... Mother
Jill Townsend ... Jenny / Priscilla / Carol
John Astin ... Dr. Frieden
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Storyline

When Ben and Kate Powell (Sid Caesar and Vera Miles) rent a haunted New England house by the sea, their son Steve (Barry Gordon) gets blamed for the destruction caused by three unruly ghosts. Another of 'exploitation king' William Castle's supernatural films, this one is studded with familiar character actors including Harvey Lembeck, Mary Wickes, John McGiver, Doodles Weaver, Jesse White and John ("Gomez Addams") Astin. Written by alfiehitchie

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Kiss-Hungry Girl Ghosts Looking for a Live Lover in a Haunted House of Mayhem. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trois fantômes à la page See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Last film role for Nestor Paiva. See more »

Goofs

When Ben is in the bathroom preparing to go to bed the first night, he walks out wearing slippers, when he enters the bedroom he is bare foot. See more »

Quotes

Ben Powell: Look, you can't afford a new car.
Steve Powell: But dad, neither can you but you drive one.
Ben Powell: I'm too poor to drive an old car.
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Crazy Credits

The people in this movie are fictitious. Only the ghosts are real. See more »

Connections

Referenced in All the Way Down (1968) See more »

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Remembering
5 January 2001 | by repokatSee all my reviews

I remember loving this movie as a kid! I remembered it a time or two over the years in passing. No one I know could remember seeing. Tonight I was surfing and thought about John Astin being in some cowboy movie and that's what started my search on imdb. Then voila, I saw the Spirit is Willing Title, and it all came back to me. I ordered Evil Roy Slade from Amazon, but they don't have Spirit is Willing. They've got the vaguest movies, but not a kewl classic like this. I agree about the song being great. I WISH I COULD BUY THIS MOVIE!!!! I'd like for my kids to see it. If anyone knows how to get "The Spirit is Willing" please let me know.


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