One Live Ghost (1936)

Article 2974 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 6-29-2009
Posting Date: 10-5-2009
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Featuring Leon Errol, Lucille Ball, Vivien Oakland
Country: USA

When he is neglected and laughed at by his family, a man decides to fake his death and pretend to be his lawyer’s British butler to find out if his family really appreciates him.

It’s nice every once in a while to go back and watch an old short for this series of reviews. The fantastic content doesn’t come into play until the last third of the short in which he decides to impersonate his own ghost. The short was a vehicle for comic actor Leon Errol, but audiences nowadays will probably be more interested in seeing Lucille Ball in an early role. She does well as the family’s maid, though she really isn’t given that much to do. All in all, it’s mildly amusing if minor.


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