Three Live Ghosts (1922)

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This comedy-melodrama was based on the hit Broadway play by Frederick S. Isham, and Cyril Chadwick repeats his stage performance. Director George Fitzmaurice shot much of the picture on location in London. Near the end of World War I, three friends escape from a German prison camp -- Billy Foster, an American (Norman Kerry), Jimmy Gubbins, a Cockney lad (Edmund Goulding), and a shell-shocked Englishman who has lost his memory and who his friends merely call "Spoofy" (Chadwick). When they show up in London, Foster and Gubbins find they have been declared dead, and they decide to keep it that way -- Foster has had trouble in the States and Gubbins' mother (Clare Greet) has already spent all the insurance money she received. The cheerful Spoofy turns out to be a kleptomaniac, and he steals clothing, jewelry -- and a baby -- from a nobleman's home. While the three men are staying at the Gubbins' Whitechapel home, it is discovered that someone is looking for Foster. Mrs. Gubbins wants to turn him in and collect the reward, but is stopped by her son. The police show up anyhow and find Spoofy's loot. Everything is cleared up in the end -- Ivis, the girl who is looking for Foster (Anna Q. Nilsson), wants to tell him he's been cleared of his supposed wrongdoing, and Spoofy actually plundered his own home -- his memory returns and he recalls that he is the nobleman.