Three Live Ghosts (1936 film)

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Three Live Ghosts
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Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Screenplay by C. Gardner Sullivan
Based onThree Live Ghosts
1920 play
by Frederic S. Isham
Max Marcin
Produced by John W. Considine Jr.
Starring Richard Arlen
Beryl Mercer
Claud Allister
Cecilia Parker
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Chester A. Lyons
Edited by Tom Held
Music by William Axt
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 10, 1936 (1936-01-10)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States

Three Live Ghosts is a 1936 American comedy film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and starring Richard Arlen, Claud Allister and Cecilia Parker. [1] [2]


The film was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a remake of the 1929 film of the same title, itself based on a 1920 play by Frederic S. Isham inspired by his own 1918 novel. [3]


Three soldiers of the British Army, including an American, are reported killed in action during the First World War. In fact they are being held as prisoners of war by the Germans. After the war they return to London, where they find they are considered officially dead. The stepmother of one has spent all the money she has received in compensation, another is an eccentric aristocratic-type who has lost his memory while the third is an American who has a private detective searching him out.


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  2. "Three Live Ghosts". AFI. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  3. Goble p.329