The Live Ghost (1934)


Article 3580 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-14-2011
Posting Date: 6-3-2011
Directed by Charley Rogers
Featuring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Walter Long
What it is: Laurel and Hardy short

A captain is having trouble getting a full crew for his ship due to the persistent rumors of its being haunted. He hires Stan and Ollie to help him shanghai some men, but soon they too end up aboard the ship.

Here’s a pretty good short from the boys. The first half has them engaged in the plot to shanghai the sailors, which involves a gag with an egg. The second half has them aboard the ship and mistakenly believing they’ve killed a man. My favorite bit has the boys explaining why they have no wish to be sailors. As for the fantastic content, there are no real ghosts in the movie, but there is a man mistaken for one.


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