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The Living Ghost

1942 1h 1m Horror List
Reviews 22% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
When wealthy banker Walter Craig (Gus Glassmire) disappears, former private eye Nick Trayne (James Dunn) comes out of retirement to find the missing man. As Nick gets to know the contentious Craig family, the rich man reappears, but someone has put him in an unresponsive, zombie-like state. Then a member of the family is found stabbed to death, with Walter standing over him. When Walter attacks Nick, it seems that the catatonic banker is the killer, but Nick thinks there is more to the mystery. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Plays like a Charlie Chan reject. Rated: C+ Jan 3, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A pretty good B-detective film thanks to Dunn--Cheesy, cheeky, flimsy, and still fun in its own way!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a very enjoyable whodunnit movie. It's filled with almost every cliché of the genre, but it manages to keep your attention, partially because of the silly humor and because you want to know who did it! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a strange, but somewhat interesting movie. I don't know what to think of it really. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Great cast, especially the supporting characters. Light and fun, a very entertaining "B" film. Good fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Detective Nick Traynor (Dunn) comes out of retirement to help find a banker who has vanished without a trace. While investigating the assortment of quirky family members and freeloaders that live in his house, the missing man reappears in a strange, zombie-like state and one of the permanent house guests is murdered. With the mystery deepeing and the murderer lurking in the shadows, Nick joins forces with the old man's live-in secretary (Woodbury) to uncover the truth. "The Living Ghost" is a fast-paced, lighthearted mystery comedy of the kind they simply can't make anymore. Woody Allen came close with the 2001 movie "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" ([URL=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?journalid=245672&entryid=505662&view=public]review here[/URL]), but he mostly managed to demonstrate how important the acting styles of the 1930s and 1940s was to this genre of films. Today's actors and directors seem incapable of mounting the patter-running-at-a-mile-minute scenes that, as demonstrated in Allen's movie, are such an important part of what makes the old movies so much fun. In this case, the scenes between James Dunn (as the wise-cracking detective) and Joan Woodbury (as the give-as-good-as-she-gets secretary) where they fire jokes and insults back and forth at rapid pace are what makes this movie entertaining. The mystery is so-so (although there are some surprises and the way Nick tricks the murderer into revealing himself is more clever than it initially seems), but Dunn and Woodbury are great fun as they bicker and goad each other through the story. Director Wlliam Beaudine' was renowned for his speed and he has grown infamous for the high percentage of truly bad movies that are lurking among the 350+ films he worked on. I think I've seen about a dozen of them, and I so far, I agree with the overall assessment that he helmed lots of crap... but "The Living Ghost" stands out as a neat little film that should provide equal enjoyment to fans of old fashioned comedy/mysteries and the "dark old house" genre of films. (The one part that will probably be annoying to everyone is the way Nick Traynor keeps picking on and insulting the butler, who does nothing except be helpful.) A Walking Nightmare (aka "Lend Me Your Ear" and "The Living Ghost" Starring: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey, Jan Wliey, and Norman Willis Diretor: William Beaudine Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When wealthy banker Walter Craig (Gus Glassmire) disappears, former private eye Nick Trayne (James Dunn) comes out of retirement to find the missing man. As Nick gets to know the contentious Craig family, the rich man reappears, but someone has put him in an unresponsive, zombie-like state. Then a member of the family is found stabbed to death, with Walter standing over him. When Walter attacks Nick, it seems that the catatonic banker is the killer, but Nick thinks there is more to the mystery.
Director
William Beaudine
Creator
Howard Dimsdale
Producer
A.W. Hackel
Screenwriter
Joseph Hoffman
Production Co
Monogram Pictures Corporation
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2016
Runtime
1h 1m
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