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      The Time of Their Lives

      1946 1h 22m Comedy List
      Reviews 81% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A psychiatrist (Bud Abbott) stays in a mansion haunted by prankish ghosts (Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds) from the Revolutionary War. Read More Read Less

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      Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies The Time of Their Lives may stray away from the typical Abbott and Costello formula but this film still draws laughs some 75 years later. Jul 4, 2021 Full Review Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) Quite blithe spirits. Apr 9, 2019 Full Review Steve Crum Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers A bold Abbott & Costello venture, featuring the team in separate roles entirely, which was very inventive for its time. Rated: 3/5 Sep 30, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 21, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Not their best but some fun bits. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/28/23 Full Review joe m One of the better Abbot and Costello films, made so by the well developed plot of two American Revolution patriots who are mistakenly branded as traitors and cursed to haunt Danbury Acres unless their names can be cleared. Great set-up during the Revolution, then good casting and sets, with perhaps a little too much of Lou's tomfoolery and being a 'bad little boy'. Enjoyable fun. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Ed M Very enjoyable movie. Different from every other Abbott and Costello movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/05/21 Full Review Douglas J Unusual for the duo. Others have recapped the plot. A bit otherworldly and well done. A fun trip, through an unusual A&C plot. Good for a rainy Saturday afternoon - lose yourself in the feeling created by the film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/20 Full Review Audience Member One their better comedies in which the duo is split up and Abbott plays a dual role. The Ghost Steps Out, however, was the original title of Hold that Ghost in 1941, and not the alternate title to this film Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Abbott and Costello are, respectively, a butler and a tinker in the Revolutionary War era United States. They both love the same woman, a maid, but she only has eyes for Lou. Although Bud hopes to dispatch his rival, a group of soldiers mistakenly shoots and kills Costello and Marjorie Reynolds, thinking them traitors, when in fact Lou has a letter of reference from General George Washington and Reynolds (playing Melody Allen) was just about to expose the real traitors (including her fiancé). Fast forward 165 years and Costello and Reynolds are stuck haunting the same estate where they were killed. A group of modern young people, including Abbott playing his own descendent, now a psychiatrist, are staying overnight in the house, now restocked with its original furniture. The only way that Costello and Reynolds can be freed from the curse that keeps them in the house is to get those people in the house to find the hidden letter from Washington that reveals that they aren't traitors. But enough about the plot, there is a bit of slapstick and some ghostly special effects to please the 1940s audiences; however, I didn't find myself laughing too much. Other films by the comedy team seem funnier (despite the high rating on IMDb for this one). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A psychiatrist (Bud Abbott) stays in a mansion haunted by prankish ghosts (Lou Costello, Marjorie Reynolds) from the Revolutionary War.
      Director
      Charles Barton
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 22m