YO DORMI CON UN FANTASMA (1949)
aka I Slept with a Ghost
Article 4142 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Jaime Salvador
Featuring Adalberto Martinez, Maria Luisa Zea, Mercedes Gisbert
What it is: Mexican “old dark house” variation
An aspiring private detective attends the reading of a will in a spooky old mansion and stumbles upon a mystery.
Given that this movie is in unsubtitled Spanish, and that I was unable to find a decent plot description of the movie, I’m hardly in the position to give a truly insightful review of it, but I can give my impressions. It seems to be an “old dark house” movie of the sort that are vehicles for a comic actor (as in opposition to those ones in which the comic character is in a supporting position). The house has some spooky atmosphere, but the overt fantastic elements (the ghosts) seem to only exist in a flashback of the history of the house; I saw no overt ghosts (much less anyone sleeping with them) in the present-day footage. IMDB describes it as a comedy/horror/mystery. I can’t comment on the mystery angle, but from what I can tell, the comedy is tepid and the horror extremely mild. Yes, this is one of those that doesn’t look particularly inspired or promising, though I should point out that almost all of the humor seems to verbal rather than visual, so there’s a chance I may be wrong. At any rate, I wasn’t particularly impressed with what I saw here.