THE GHOST TALKS (1949)
Article 2254 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-18-2007
Posting Date: 10-14-2007
Directed by Jules White
Featuring Shemp Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard
The Three Stooges go into a haunted house to remove some furniture, and meet a suit of armor haunted by the ghost of the man who saw Lady Godiva.
This short has a nice sense of atmosphere, some fun special effects (my favorite is the skeleton that takes off his own head), and a few fun sight gags. Unfortunately, the energy level is a bit on the low side, the pacing is a bit slow, and the short tries to get too much mileage out of having the Stooges be frightened of everything. It would have worked better if only one of the Stooges was seeing all the spooky stuff while the others didn’t. As it is, it’s a little too conventional and anonymous in its humor much of the time. The Stooges have done better.