The first film in the English language directed by Rene Clair, ace French director, it shows that Clair still has full rein on his sense of humor and one of the screen's best from an artistic and intelligent standpoint.
The first film in the English language directed by Rene Clair, ace French director, it shows that Clair still has full rein on his sense of humor and one of the screen’s best from an artistic and intelligent standpoint.Story is a bit different from his past (French) efforts. It has to do with an American who picks up a Scottish manse which has only one fault: it is ancient, it is famous, it has background, it has color – but it also has a ghost. Nevertheless, the American buys the castle and imports it to America stone by stone, ghost and all. In Florida he sets it up again, his daughter, by way of romance, falling for the penniless heir of the castle and ghost. Robert Sherwood, in working up the story with Clair from a London Punch piece [by Eric Keown], has injected a number of hilarious sequences, and some splendid dialog. Robert Donat as the young heir and doubling as the ghost, Jean Parker as the girl, and Eugene Pallette as the father drain every possible bit of good out of their roles.
The Ghost Goes West
London. Director Rene Clair; Producer Alexander Korda; Screenplay Robert E. Sherwood; Camera Harold Rosson; Editor William Hornbeck, Harold Earle-Fischbacher, Henry Cornelius; Music Mischa Spoliansky; Art Director Vincent Korda
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 90 MIN.
Robert Donat Jean Parker Eugene Pallette Elsa Lanchester Ralph Bunker