Three Live Ghosts (1929 film)

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Three Live Ghosts
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Directed by Thornton Freeland
Produced by Max Marcin
Written by Helen Hallett
Max Marcin
Story bySally Winters
Based onThree Live Ghosts
by Frederic S. Isham
Starring Beryl Mercer
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyRobert H. Planck
Edited byRobert Kern
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
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  • September 15, 1929 (1929-09-15)
Running time
8 reels (7,486 feet)
CountryUnited States

Three Live Ghosts is a 1929 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Thornton Freeland and starring Beryl Mercer, Harry Stubbs, and Joan Bennett; with Robert Montgomery, and Tenen Holtz. The screenplay concerns three veterans of World War I who return home to London after the armistice, only to find they have been mistakenly listed as dead. [1] It was based on the 1920 play Three Live Ghosts by Frederic S. Isham.


Made in the early sound era when Hollywood savored any successful play and its dialogue, this film is a rendition of the Broadway play and also a remake of the 1922 Paramount silent, Three Live Ghosts . Mercer, McNaughton, and Allister would reprise their roles for a 1936 remake produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


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