The Ghost Talks (1949 film)

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The Ghost Talks
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Directed by Jules White
Produced by Jules White
Written by Felix Adler
Starring Moe Howard
Larry Fine
Shemp Howard
Phil Arnold
Nancy Saunders
Cinematography M.A. Anderson
Edited by Edwin H. Bryant
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • February 3, 1949 (1949-02-03)
Running time
16' 07"
Country United States
Language English

The Ghost Talks is the 113th short subject starring American slapstick comedy team The Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.

Plot[edit]

The Stooges are moving men assigned to move furniture out of the haunted Smorgasbord Castle. All goes well at first, outside of a few scares, until a clanking suit of armor inhabited by the ghost of Peeping Tom (voiced by Phil Arnold) scares the hapless Stooges, until he convinces them that he is, in fact, a friendly spirit. After finally gaining their trust, Tom tells the trio the story of his watching Lady Godiva (Nancy Saunders), only to get a pie in the face. In turn, his ghost is cursed and trapped inside the suit of armor, having been trapped for 1000 years.

The Stooges, however, still have a job to do and tell Tom that they have to move everything in the castle, including him. He instructs the boys to leave him be, as "bad luck" will be upon them should they try to take him away. Shemp, Larry and Moe all take turns trying to move Tom, but various shenanigans, such as a frog jumping down Shemp's shirt and an owl entering a skull and assuming the role of a death's head spirit, spooks the Stooges. As they run into another room to escape, Lady Godiva rides up on a horse and takes Tom away. The Stooges rush over to the window to watch them depart, only to be pelted with three successive pies amidst a cheering crowd.

The Stooges play spooked furniture movers in The Ghost Talks

Production notes[edit]

  • The Ghost Talks was remade in 1956 as Creeps, using ample stock footage.[1]
  • Director Jules White voiced the skeleton identifying himself as Red Skeleton, a reference to comedian Red Skelton.
  • The NBC chimes are heard when Moe stabs Shemp with a crooked safety pin.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4

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