The Ghost Talks (1929)

Genres - Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 61 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Ghost Talks was based on Badges, a theatrical comedy-melodrama by Max Marcin and Edward Hammond. Broadway expatriate Charles Eaton stars as Franklin Green, who by guess and by gosh manages to graduate at the head of his class in Private Detective School. For his first case, Eaton ventures into the traditional "old dark house," where a malevolent ghost is supposedly running amok. In true "Scooby Doo" fashion, our hero proves that the villain is of the Live Human variety, but not until the audience has been treated to an abundance of "scare" comedy. Helen Twelvetrees, who fared better in tear-stained soap operas, bravely barges her way through the role of the imperiled heroine, while additional comedy relief was provided by black performers Stepin Fetchit and Baby Mack (whose material, need we say it, was racist in the extreme).

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bumbler, class [social], detective, ghost, investigation, mistake, privacy, private-detective