Whispering Ghosts (1942)

Article #1250 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-16-2004
Posting Date: 1-13-2005
Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Featuring Milton Berle, Brenda Joyce, John Shelton

A radio detective claims that he can solve a ten-year-old murder, but when his first guess proves incorrect, he must return to the scene of the crime to solve it again.

After the rash of extremely marginal movies I’ve seen lately, it seemed nice to finally see another movie with distinct horror touches. It’s your basic Old Dark House comedy, except it takes place on an Old Dark Houseboat. Despite the fact that Milton Berle is a bit of a legend, I’m really not too familiar with his work, and sad to say, I found this vehicle of his singularly short of laughs. Willie Best is also on hand, but there are just too many jokes made about his cowardice and his color that I just ended up feeling pretty uncomfortable. For me, the biggest laugh came from an unexpected source; if you ever wanted to see John Carradine do an imitation of a frog, this is the movie for you. You also get a chance to see John in his long johns, but that’s neither here nor there. After that, I will admit to a little fondness for Grady Sutton here.

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