The Ghost Walks (1934)

Article #1371 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-15-2004
Posting Date: 5-14-2005
Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Featuring John Miljan, June Collyer, Richard Carle

An aspiring playwright, a broadway producer and his superciliious assistant all become stranded at an old dark house where a ghost is believed to be active.

As if you couldn’t guess from the plot description, we’re back squarely in the “old dark house” genre of the thirties. This one isn’t too bad, though it relies a little too much on the comic antics of Richard Carle and Johnny Arthur, who are mildly amusing at first but can’t quite hold your interest for the length of the movie. Still, it does have a great gimmick that comes into play thirty minutes into the movie; I won’t give it away here, but it’s similar to the one used in the silent movie LAUGHING AT DANGER. It also has a memorable psycho popping up near the end of the movie, though he’s dispatched a little too easily for my tastes. Other than that, it’s business as usual.


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