The Ghost Talks – short, USA, 1949

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The Ghost Talks is a 1949 American comedy horror short film produced and directed by Jules White from a script by Felix Adler. The movie stars comedy team The Three Stooges: Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Shemp Howard.

This was the 113th short film released by Columbia Pictures starring The Three Stooges out of a total of 190 they made for the studio. It was remade in 1956 as Creeps, using much of the same footage.


The Three 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 armour inhabited by the ghost of Tom (voiced by Phil Arnold) scares the hapless Stooges, until he convinces them that he is, in fact, a friendly spirit. Having gained 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 armour, ” for a thousand 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 if they ever try to take him away. Shemp, Larry and Moe all take turns trying to move Tom. However, a series of shenanigans, such as a large frog jumping into Shemp’s cap and down the back of his shirt, an owl entering a skull and assuming the role of a death’s head spirit, spooks the Stooges. They also encounter two skeletons playing chess.

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.


The working title was That’s the Spirit

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