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Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Ghost Goes West (1935)

Starring Robert Donat, Jean Parker, Eugene Pallette, Elsa Lanchester, Ralph Bunker
Directed by Rene Clair
(actor & director credits courtesy

A Scottish clansman, after dying dishonorably, is cursed to haunt his castle as a ghost, but 200 years later, he may have a chance for redemption when the castle is sold to a wealthy American.

French director Rene Clair delivers one of his many charming fantasy films in this effort for British producer Alexander Korda, and although its not as amusingly scripted as it could have been, it's still a light and enjoyable concoction, with some good production values and well-done special effects.  The film features a fine cast, although Lanchester is wasted in a very small role, and the romance between Donat and Parker, if not very well defined, is sweet and cute enough to delight the audience.

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