REVOLT OF THE GHOSTS (1949)
(a.k.a. LA REBELION DE LOS FANTASMAS)
Article #875 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-7-2003
Posting Date: 1-4-2004
Directed by A. F. Bustamente
Featuring Gilbert Roland, Amand Ledesma, Angel Garasma
Famous ghosts try to save an old house from being burned down.
Actually, I got that plot description from a reference book; to me, it looks more like they’re trying to do some matchmaking between a resident of that house and an executive in the music business. Yes, it’s another “Spanish, no subtitles” scenario here, but this should be the last one for a little while. It looks pretty wild, with some of the famous ghosts having been real people (Chopin), and others fictional characters (Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Romeo and Juliet, etc.). The plot is impenetrable under these circumstances, but some of the sight gags aren’t bad; restaurant owners should always beware when they present a ghost his tab, especially if it’s Sancho Panza. The antics and special effects make it a decent amount of fun, though, and the ending scene, in which a couple dances while being circled by several dancing phantoms, brings a smile to my face even when I can’t figure out the rest of it.