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Ghost Catchers (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Music | 16 June 1944 (USA)
Two zanies get mixed up with a Southern colonel, his beautiful daughters, a nightclub and a haunted mansion.

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Eddie Cline)

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay), Milt Gross (story "High Spirits") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ole Olsen ... Ole Olsen
Chic Johnson ... Chic Johnson
Gloria Jean ... Melinda Marshall
Martha O'Driscoll ... Susanna Marshall
Leo Carrillo ... Jerry
Andy Devine ... Horsehead
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Bear (as Lon Chaney)
Walter Catlett ... Colonel Breckinridge Marshall
Morton Downey ... Morton Downey
Ella Mae Morse Ella Mae Morse ... Virginia Bennett - Vocalist
Kirby Grant ... Clay Edwards (as Kirby Grant and His Orchestra)
Armando & Lita Armando & Lita ... Specialty Dance Act (as Armando and Lita)
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Colonel Breckinridge Martshall (Walter Catlett), a self-appointed southern colonel, brings his two daughters,Melinda (Gloria Jean) and Susanna (Martha O'Driscoll), to New York City so they can sing at Carnegie Hall. He buys a haunted house from Chambers ('Walter Kingsford' qv)) a crooked real estate dealer. The "ghosts" start their work on the first night and Susanna runs next door to a nightclub owned by Olsen (Ole Olsen) and Johnson (Chic Johnson)and they agree to help her...and set out to rid the house of the ghosts. They have little trouble getting rid of the tap-dancing ghost but the remaining ones intend to stay. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Just Between Us GHOULS...It's SCARE-OOUIE! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Music

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Spirits See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Uses the same animated beginning sequence as "Hold that Ghost" (1941), starring Abbott and Costello. See more »

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Referenced in Hail, Caesar! (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Quoth the Raven
Written by Paul Francis Webster and Harry Revel
Performed by Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Ella Mae Morse, Mel Tormé, The Mel-Tones and dancers
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Great movie. Precedes Ghost Busters by years.
4 April 2003 | by larry_wildSee all my reviews

I remember watching this and other Olsen and Johnson movies on late night television in the 50s. They were my favorites. I was reminded of this one when Ghost Busters came out.

Ghost Catchers was the Ghost Busters of its day.


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