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THE GHOST TALKS

The Stooges are moving men sent to a spooky old mansion on a rainy night to move some old furniture, including a suit of armor. The armor objects to leaving, however, as it is inhabited by the spirit of Peeping Tom the tailor, who was cursed when he saw Lady Godiva ride by centuries ago. Intent on moving Tom, the boys find themselves trapped in the house with animated skeletons and a flying skull.



Remade as CREEPS (1956), with stock footage.

An interview with costar Nancy Saunders ('Lady Godiva') appeared in The Three Stooges Journal # 111 (Fall 2004)

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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Shemp
Release Date
February 03, 1949
Studio
Columbia
Production Type
Short Subject
Duration
16.3 min.
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Production Notes   (4)
Working Title(s):   THAT'S THE SPIRIT
Title Origin:   THE GHOST WALKS (1934 Invincible)
Prod. No.:   4108
Shooting Days:   4 days   From: 1947-08-26   To: 1947-08-29

Stooge Mayhem   (Avg. 3.00)
Face Slaps: 7 Eye Pokes: 1 Head Bonks: 0 Pastry Thrown: 4

Stooge Quotes   (4)
  • "Six lions were tearing me apart, bit by bit! Six lions!" "Quit lyin!"
    (Shemp and Moe)

  • "Me? I'm Red." "Oh ... Red Skeleton!"
    (Skeleton & Shemp)

  • "Sorry gentlemen, I [cough-cough] haven't had a smoke in a thousand years." "Think you're old enough to smoke?"
    (Phil Arnold & Shemp)

  • "That confounded shutter." "I shutter to think of it." "Shutter-up!"
    (Phil Arnold, Shemp & Moe)


Stooge Goofs   (7)
  • Disappearing Dent
    After the armor first falls down, it gets a huge dent in its chest plate, but it's suddenly gone in the next shot.

  • I Didn't Moe Was Chinese
    When Moe drops his nickel into the suit of armor, he mis-speaks "Boy, you're really a friendry spirit." When the footage was reused for CREEPS (1956), the dialogue is noticeably overdubbed to correct the mistake.

  • Opening Too Early
    You can see the back of Shemp's shirt opening up before the frog even jumps down it.

  • Shemp's Hat
    As the Stooges are running inside the room with the chess-playing skeletons inside, Shemp is holding his hat in his hand, but when the camera cuts to an inside shot of the room, the hat is suddenly on Shemp's head.

  • Switching Hands
    When the spirit cries â€Å"I swear, I didn't do it purposely!”, Shemp is holding a cigarette in his left hand, but in the next shot it's suddenly in his right hand.

  • Visible Padding
    When Larry gets stabbed in the behind with the arrow, you can tell there is padding inside the back of his pants.

  • Wet or Dry Hair?
    When the door behind the Stooges begins to creak open, Moe's hair is wet and messy. Then the camera shows Moe and Larry from the side and Moe's hair is suddenly drier and neater. Then when it goes back to the other angle, Moe's hair is wet again.


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Audio Files   (1)
  • That Armor Spoke to Me
    Wave Sound (101.26 Kb)
    "Ya know, I thought that armor spoke to me." "I did!" "Nyahahahah!"


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Fan Reviews   (7)
Re: THE GHOST TALKS
Posted 2000-09-30 03:17:00 by Stooge
Edited 2006-03-26 15:11:31 by shemps#1
Highlights:
-- Shemp's 'Desmond of the Outer Sanctorum' bit.
-- Moe's hair standing on end and Larry's hat flying in the air when the suit of armor speaks to them.
-- Moe's head getting stuck between the two table halves.
-- Shemp's fast-motion jumping around and spinning on the floor when the frog is in his clothes.
-- The skeletons playing chess.

Lowlights:
-- This short seemed doomed from the start with an already awful and lame plot (a talking suit of armor).' There wasn't much to work with' and only a few highlights saved it.' Overall' probably one of my least favorite Shemp films.
-- That weak 'Red Skeleton' reference.
-- The old 'parrot-in-the-skull' gag.
-- 'Lady Godiva's delivery was awful and she couldn't seem any more lifeless.
-- I could see the ending (the Stooges getting pied like Sir Tom when looking out the window) coming from miles away.

Funniest Moment:
-- The chess-playing skeletons.

Small stuff that cracked me up:
-- The pained look on Larry's face after Moe says (when thinking that Larry said something when the ghost actually did) 'Oh a wiseguy' huh-- and hits him on the stomach and head.
-- Again' look at Larry's face when the Stooges are drinking the milk.' After each sip' Larry looks at his glass of milk with a funny expression as if he's thinking 'Now THAT'S good milk!'
-- The weird look on Larry's face (yeah' yet another 'pay attention to Larry' moment; I'm sorry) after Shemp's 'Red Skeleton' joke' as if even he hated that joke.

Misc. Observations:
-- Who was that actor playing Sir Tom in the flashback with him getting a pie in the face-- I know that actor wasn't Phil Arnold' the actual voice of Sir Tom.
-- Speaking of Phil Arnold as the voice of the armor' I remember when I first saw this short years ago' I thought that was actually Curly as the voice of the armor.' If you listen' the voice does sound quite a lot like Curly's normal speaking voice.

Rating: [2.0pokes]


Reviewer's Rating: (2)
Re: THE GHOST TALKS
Posted 2001-10-01 10:53:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Edited 2006-03-26 15:09:04 by shemps#1
Not the best & not the worst. A middle of the road effort that the stooges keep above average with a lot of one liners & sight gags. Shemp is splendid when that frog goes down his shirt. 2 1/2 pokes

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Re: THE GHOST TALKS
Posted 2002-02-19 20:13:00 by oyster_brain
A "so-so" short for me, tho' I can find so laughs in it. Everyone seemed to be "in low gear" throughout the effort.
Re: THE GHOST TALKS
Posted 2001-11-08 09:10:00 by Genius In the Lamp
A good, but not great, short. The short is at its funniest when the boys go into the "scared reaction" mode, which makes up for the less-than-promising plotline. The set is very spartan, but in this case, it actually enhances the short's creepiness factor. And I agree that Christine would have made a better choice to play Lady Godiva (even if she only appeared briefly). She knew how to handle a horse, and she would have given a much better effort than the actress who sleepwalked her way through the part.

Reviewer's Rating: (6)
Re: THE GHOST TALKS
Posted 2001-10-02 02:43:00 by [Deleted Member]
I agree with a lot of the earlier sentiments about this short. I too have been a lifelong fan of horror movies and loved this short to death when I was a kid. All the Stooges were great in it. The storyline may be a bit weak, but the short was pretty good overall. Now I think YOU better go get the armor. Let's not be afraid!ISLIPP-you TRIPP. ©2001Edited by - ISLIPP on 11/15/2001 6:30:07 PM
Re: THE GHOST TALKS
Posted 2001-05-23 09:51:00 by Uncle Mortimer
Well, an "F" from the ever aristocratic Stooge pulled me from the M.I A. status (I've just been very busy) Stooge, get off it. Do you just like to hear yourself talk? An F? Come on, you know damn well, this is not worthy of an "F" (and who asked you to give Entertainment weekly letter grades anyway?) You know Stooge, I get the feeling that I could get along with you. You're a very observant fan. But when you brutalize these "average but memorable" shorts like some angry gay critic, I think, "This guy is just being a jerk, he thinks he's higher than thou." You don't want to sound like that, do you Stooge? "THE GHOST TALKS" is not "great", but it is mostly enjoyable & memorable(check out my review in the comments section, along with Dunrobin's and others.) We certainly don't think it's an "F." Since I do think "letter grading" is cool, I'll give "THE GHOST TALKS" a B- (I think that's about right) Also, I don't care about the Lady Godiva actress and her poor line delivery. It's one line, who really cares. Fave bits: Shemp's "Welcome...This is Desmond" speech and the "Go away boys, ya botha me!" line from the chess playing skeleton.
Re: THE GHOST TALKS
Posted 2001-01-02 19:16:00 by Mike Holme
This episode wasn't the best Shemp short. There were funny moments like Shemp talking about strange happenings and making consistent wisecracks. But the plot and some of the jokes weren't very good. This is a more mixed Shemp episode.

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