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A news item in the 30 Jul 1921 Exhibitors Herald announced that director George Fitzmaurice would sail to London, England, on 26 Jul 1921 to begin production at Paramount’s London studio on Three Live Ghosts. His wife, Ouida Bergère, would accompany him and serve as scenarist on the film.
       The 20 Aug 1921 Exhibitors Herald noted the casting of Norman Kerry and Anna Q. Nillson in the lead roles. Although the 5 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Herald reported that actress Meggie Albanesi had been hired for a “prominent part,” she did not appear in the film.
       Exteriors were filmed in the “London Limehouse district,” according to the 5 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News.
       On 15 Oct 1921, Motion Picture News reported that filming was nearing completion, and George Fitzmaurice would soon begin work on The Man from Home (1922, see entry).
       Various modern sources indicated that director Alfred Hitchcock was the title designer on the picture, and also assisted director of photographer Arthur Miller in selecting props for set dressing. The review in the 14 Jan 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review noted: “Many of the bright lines of the script have been utilized in sub-titles, adding greatly to the humorous appeal.”
       Frederic Stewart Isham's play, which was produced by Max Marcin on Broadway, was based on Isham's 1918 novel of the same name. Cyril Chadwick had portrayed "Spoofy" in the original Broadway production. A sound adaptation of the play was produced by Joseph M. Schenk in 1929. That film, also entitled Three Live Ghosts , was directed by Thornton Freeland and starred Beryl ... More Less

A news item in the 30 Jul 1921 Exhibitors Herald announced that director George Fitzmaurice would sail to London, England, on 26 Jul 1921 to begin production at Paramount’s London studio on Three Live Ghosts. His wife, Ouida Bergère, would accompany him and serve as scenarist on the film.
       The 20 Aug 1921 Exhibitors Herald noted the casting of Norman Kerry and Anna Q. Nillson in the lead roles. Although the 5 Nov 1921 Exhibitors Herald reported that actress Meggie Albanesi had been hired for a “prominent part,” she did not appear in the film.
       Exteriors were filmed in the “London Limehouse district,” according to the 5 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News.
       On 15 Oct 1921, Motion Picture News reported that filming was nearing completion, and George Fitzmaurice would soon begin work on The Man from Home (1922, see entry).
       Various modern sources indicated that director Alfred Hitchcock was the title designer on the picture, and also assisted director of photographer Arthur Miller in selecting props for set dressing. The review in the 14 Jan 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review noted: “Many of the bright lines of the script have been utilized in sub-titles, adding greatly to the humorous appeal.”
       Frederic Stewart Isham's play, which was produced by Max Marcin on Broadway, was based on Isham's 1918 novel of the same name. Cyril Chadwick had portrayed "Spoofy" in the original Broadway production. A sound adaptation of the play was produced by Joseph M. Schenk in 1929. That film, also entitled Three Live Ghosts , was directed by Thornton Freeland and starred Beryl Mercer and Charles McNaughton, who recreated their roles from the original Broadway play. Claud Allister took over the role of "Spoofy" for the 1929 film. Mercer, McNaughton and Allister appeared in a 1936 Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer adaptation of Three Live Ghosts , which was directed by H. Bruce Humberstone (see entries).

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
30 Jul 1921
p. 26.
Exhibitors Herald
20 Aug 1921
p. 64.
Exhibitors Herald
5 Nov 1921
p. 90.
Exhibitors Trade Review
14 Jan 1922.
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Motion Picture News
15 Oct 1921.
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Motion Picture News
5 Nov 1921.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Three Live Ghosts by Frederic Stewart Isham (New York, 29 Sep 1920).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 January 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 1 January 1922
Production Date:
completed mid October 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 January 1922
Copyright Number:
LP17508
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,784
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Three men who have escaped from a German prison camp and are reported missing return to England as stowaways on the night of the Armistice celebration: Jimmy Gubbins, Cockney; Billy Foster, an American; and "Spoofy," who is absentminded as the result of shell shock. Ivis Ayers, an American girl entertaining wounded soldiers at her London home, is recognized by Billy, who discovers her with Peter Larne, for whose defalcations Billy is wanted by the police. Larne offers him a bribe to leave the country and remain dead; in a struggle Larne is shot and Billy escapes. Mrs. Gubbins discovers that there is a reward for Billy's return and telephones Scotland Yard; meanwhile, Spoofy finds new clothes in a nearby residence and departs with money and a baby in a perambulator. Arrival of the detectives restores him to sanity, Ivis clears Billy of the accusations against him, and Spoofy--when his wife recognizes him--discovers that he has robbed his own ... +


Three men who have escaped from a German prison camp and are reported missing return to England as stowaways on the night of the Armistice celebration: Jimmy Gubbins, Cockney; Billy Foster, an American; and "Spoofy," who is absentminded as the result of shell shock. Ivis Ayers, an American girl entertaining wounded soldiers at her London home, is recognized by Billy, who discovers her with Peter Larne, for whose defalcations Billy is wanted by the police. Larne offers him a bribe to leave the country and remain dead; in a struggle Larne is shot and Billy escapes. Mrs. Gubbins discovers that there is a reward for Billy's return and telephones Scotland Yard; meanwhile, Spoofy finds new clothes in a nearby residence and departs with money and a baby in a perambulator. Arrival of the detectives restores him to sanity, Ivis clears Billy of the accusations against him, and Spoofy--when his wife recognizes him--discovers that he has robbed his own home. +

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