Three Live Ghosts (1929)

81 mins | Comedy-drama | 15 September 1929

Director:

Thornton Freeland

Writer:

Producer:

Max Marcin

Cinematographer:

Robert Planck

Editor:

Robert J. Kern

Production Company:

Joseph M. Schenck Productions
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HISTORY

Frederic Stewart Isham's play, which was produced by Max Marcin on Broadway, was based on Isham's 1918 novel of the same name. A silent adaptation of the play was produced by Famous Players-Lasky in 1922. That film, also entitled Three Live Ghosts , was directed by George Fitzmaurice and starred Anna Q. Nilsson and Norman Kerry, in addition to Cyril Chadwick, who recreated the role of "Spoofy" from the original Broadway production. The Broadway play also featured Beryl Mercer and Charles McNaughton, who recreated their roles for the 1929 film. Mercer, McNaughton and Claud Allister also appeared in a 1936 M-G-M adaptation of the play, which was directed by H. Bruce Humberstone (See ... More Less

Frederic Stewart Isham's play, which was produced by Max Marcin on Broadway, was based on Isham's 1918 novel of the same name. A silent adaptation of the play was produced by Famous Players-Lasky in 1922. That film, also entitled Three Live Ghosts , was directed by George Fitzmaurice and starred Anna Q. Nilsson and Norman Kerry, in addition to Cyril Chadwick, who recreated the role of "Spoofy" from the original Broadway production. The Broadway play also featured Beryl Mercer and Charles McNaughton, who recreated their roles for the 1929 film. Mercer, McNaughton and Claud Allister also appeared in a 1936 M-G-M adaptation of the play, which was directed by H. Bruce Humberstone (See Entry).

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
6 Sep 1929.
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New York Times
30 Sep 1929
p. 23.
Variety
2 Oct 1929
p. 19.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distriobuting Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 September 1929
Copyright Number:
LP701
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81
Length(in feet):
7,486
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Three war veterans, "Spoofy," a shell-shocked English officer who is suffering from amnesia; Jimmy Gubbins, a Cockney; and William Foster, an American wanted for embezzling funds from his father's business--escape from a German prison camp and return to London after the Armistice to find themselves listed among the dead. Gubbins' mother, who runs a boardinghouse, sees a chance to collect a reward offered for Foster, and she calls Scotland Yard; however, she wishes Gubbins would "stay dead" until the last death insurance payment has arrived. Police officers arrive to arrest Foster, and instead they solve a burglary and kidnaping committed the previous night: driven temporarily insane by amnesia, Spoofy broke into the house, stole some jewels, and kidnaped a baby. Knocked unconscious when he resists arrest, Spoofy suddenly recovers his memory. He discovers that he is Lord Leicester and that he robbed his own house and kidnaped his own child. Foster's situation is resolved when an American detective informs him that he is heir to his deceased father's fortune and that the embezzlement charges are being dropped. Foster and Rose, a girl he met on the boat from the United States, return to the United States to marry, while Gubbins marries his sweetheart, Peggy ... +


Three war veterans, "Spoofy," a shell-shocked English officer who is suffering from amnesia; Jimmy Gubbins, a Cockney; and William Foster, an American wanted for embezzling funds from his father's business--escape from a German prison camp and return to London after the Armistice to find themselves listed among the dead. Gubbins' mother, who runs a boardinghouse, sees a chance to collect a reward offered for Foster, and she calls Scotland Yard; however, she wishes Gubbins would "stay dead" until the last death insurance payment has arrived. Police officers arrive to arrest Foster, and instead they solve a burglary and kidnaping committed the previous night: driven temporarily insane by amnesia, Spoofy broke into the house, stole some jewels, and kidnaped a baby. Knocked unconscious when he resists arrest, Spoofy suddenly recovers his memory. He discovers that he is Lord Leicester and that he robbed his own house and kidnaped his own child. Foster's situation is resolved when an American detective informs him that he is heir to his deceased father's fortune and that the embezzlement charges are being dropped. Foster and Rose, a girl he met on the boat from the United States, return to the United States to marry, while Gubbins marries his sweetheart, Peggy Woofers. +

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