Man Alive (1945)

70 mins | Comedy | 1945

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Edwin Blum

Cinematographer:

Frank Redman

Editor:

Marvin Coil

Production Designers:

Albert D'Agostino, Albert Herman

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were The Amorous Ghost and The Passionate Ghost. According to a pre-production news item in HR, Ruth Hussey was originally slated to play "Connie." The film was Pat O'Brien's first production under his new six-picture deal with RKO, according to a news item in HR. Another news item in HR adds that the river boat set that was built for the production was the first permanent set of its kind. ...

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The working titles of this film were The Amorous Ghost and The Passionate Ghost. According to a pre-production news item in HR, Ruth Hussey was originally slated to play "Connie." The film was Pat O'Brien's first production under his new six-picture deal with RKO, according to a news item in HR. Another news item in HR adds that the river boat set that was built for the production was the first permanent set of its kind.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Sep 1945
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Daily Variety
26 Sep 1945
p. 3
Film Daily
4 Oct 1945
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 1944
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jan 1945
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jan 1945
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 1945
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 1945
p. 12
Hollywood Reporter
26 Sep 1945
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Mar 1945
p. 2366
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Sep 1945
pp. 2661-62
New York Times
17 Nov 1945
p. 14
Variety
26 Sep 1945
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Edwin Harvey Blum
Scr
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art dir
Al Herman
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
C. Bakaleinikoff
Mus dir
Orch arr
SOUND
Francis M. Sarver
Rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Amorous Ghost
The Passionate Ghost
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 16 Nov 1945
Production Date:
late Jan--early Apr 1945
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
19 October 1945
LP13669
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,274
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10723
SYNOPSIS

When Michael O'Flaherty "Speed" McBride presents his wife Connie with a bowling trophy on her birthday, her disappointment is relieved by a delivery of roses from Gordon Tolliver, her old beau and college classmate. That night, Gordy comes to dinner and is enthusiastically greeted by Connie and her aunt Sophie. After a night of being ignored by Connie, the jealous Speed accuses her of marrying him on the rebound and storms out of the house. At a bar, Speed, inebriated, trades clothes with a tramp named Willie the Wino, and the two climb into Speed's car for a ride. After Willie drives the car into the river, the unconscious Speed is rescued by the crew of a showboat, who find a letter on his body addressed to Willie from Ignatius, the son he abandoned. The crew thinks that Speed is Willie until he awakens and explains his predicament to Kismet, the boat's busybody. After Kismet shows Speed the announcement of his death in the newspaper, Speed realizes that Willie's body has been mistakenly identified as his and phones Connie, who thinks that she is talking to a ghost. Kismet and Speed then sneak into the McBride house, arriving just as the will is being read. When the lawyer reads that Speed's last wish was for Connie to forget him and build a new life, Kismet advises Speed to pose as a ghost to get rid of Gordy. After maligning Gordy from the "great beyond," Speed replaces his mementoes, which Connie had packed away. Convinced that Speed's ghost is trying to communicate with Connie, Aunt Sophie, a believer in the supernatural, summons medium Professor ...

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When Michael O'Flaherty "Speed" McBride presents his wife Connie with a bowling trophy on her birthday, her disappointment is relieved by a delivery of roses from Gordon Tolliver, her old beau and college classmate. That night, Gordy comes to dinner and is enthusiastically greeted by Connie and her aunt Sophie. After a night of being ignored by Connie, the jealous Speed accuses her of marrying him on the rebound and storms out of the house. At a bar, Speed, inebriated, trades clothes with a tramp named Willie the Wino, and the two climb into Speed's car for a ride. After Willie drives the car into the river, the unconscious Speed is rescued by the crew of a showboat, who find a letter on his body addressed to Willie from Ignatius, the son he abandoned. The crew thinks that Speed is Willie until he awakens and explains his predicament to Kismet, the boat's busybody. After Kismet shows Speed the announcement of his death in the newspaper, Speed realizes that Willie's body has been mistakenly identified as his and phones Connie, who thinks that she is talking to a ghost. Kismet and Speed then sneak into the McBride house, arriving just as the will is being read. When the lawyer reads that Speed's last wish was for Connie to forget him and build a new life, Kismet advises Speed to pose as a ghost to get rid of Gordy. After maligning Gordy from the "great beyond," Speed replaces his mementoes, which Connie had packed away. Convinced that Speed's ghost is trying to communicate with Connie, Aunt Sophie, a believer in the supernatural, summons medium Professor Zorada to set up a séance. Becoming terrified when Speed responds to his questions, the fake medium runs out of the house. That night as Connie sleeps, Speed's ghostly image appears and tells her to send Gordy away. When Connie informs Gordy that Speed has counseled her to end their relationship, Gordy brings the doctor to examine her. After the doctor convinces Connie that she is suffering from hallucinations, Gordy proposes marriage as a cure and she accepts. Witnessing the proposal, Speed rings the doorbell, and Connie fires a gun at him to prove that he is an apparition. As Connie packs for her honeymoon, Kismet and Speed, posing as his uncle Barney from Ireland, appear at her door to condemn her hasty remarriage. When Connie insists upon going through with the ceremony, Kismet and "Barney" inform her that Speed is suffering from amnesia and can be found on the showboat. While Connie rushes to the boat, Gordy closes up the house. When Speed's real uncle Barney arrives, Gordy offers to drive him to the boat. As Connie boards the boat in search of her husband, Speed pulls off his disguise and dons a robe. Just then, Willie's son Ignatius arrives, thinking that Speed is his father. After Kismet shoves Ignatius into a cabin, Barney climbs on board, demanding to see Connie, and Kismet locks him in the engine room. Taking Kismet's advice, Speed plays on Connie's sympathies by feigning amnesia and wanders out of the cabin. After donning Barney's disguise once more, he returns to advise Connie to offer Speed her undying love. Disappearing once more, Speed pulls off his disguise and returns to Connie. They are about to reconcile when the real Barney bursts in. When Speed tries to pass him off as an impostor, Barney becomes offended and Speed explains the situation to him. Overhearing Speed's confession, Connie becomes furious until she realizes that he deceived her because he loves her, and the two reconcile.

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