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The Living Ghost (A Walking Nightmare) - (March 17, 1939)

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James Dunn in The Living Ghost
 

Released November 27, 1942: (running time 60 minutes) Private Eye Nick Trayne and beautiful Billie chase a zombie killer through a haunted house filled with a wacky family.

Producer by A.W. Hackel

Directed by William Beaudine

The Actors: James Dunn (Nick Trayne), Joan Woodbury (Billie Hilton), Paul McVey (Ed Moline), Vera Gordon (Sister Lapidus), Norman Willis (Cedric the butler), J. Farrell MacDonald (Police Lieutenant 'Pete' Peterson), Minerva Urecal (Delia Phillips), George Eldredge (Tony Weldon), Jan Wiley (Tina Craig), Edna Johnson (Helen Craig), Danny Beck (the doubletalker), Gus Glassmire (Walter Craig), Lawrence Grant (Dr. Bruhling), Howard Banks (Arthur Wallace), J. Arthur Young (George Phillips), Frances Richards (Dr. Bruhling's nurse), Jack Cheatham (Police Officer Finnegan), Harry Depp (Homer Hawkins), Pat Gleason (reporter), Ralph Littlefield (man in Trayne's outer office), Frank Moran (the caretaker), Forrest Taylor (Dr. Taggert)

 
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The Zombie, The Dead Body, The Beautiful Girl, and the Private Trayne

Joan Hedenfeldt was a beautiful woman who spent some time on the Vaudeville circuit before settling in the Los Angeles area. I have never seen a photo of Joan Hedenfeldt, but she must have been a striking beauty because she was the Rose Queen of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses six times! She married Elmer Woodbury, and when they had a baby girl just before Christmas in 1915, they named her Joan Elmer Woodbury. Sheesh. Elmer? Really?

Even with a middle name like Elmer, young Joan grew into a tall, statuesque beauty that would perform in movies between 1934 and 1964, and during her movie career she opened a performing theater in Palm Springs to help young actors get experience. Joan Woodbury loved the fast pace of the B-movies like this one, and always dreaded the boring task of shooting the same scene dozens of times that the big-budget movies demanded.

In this horror comedy murder mystery, she is the assistant of a wealthy banker who has disappeared. When her boss disappears, a private detective is hired to investigate and find the missing man. James Dunn, as Nick Trayne, is a fast-talking, wise-cracking fellow, and beautiful Billie Hilton is attracted to him at first sight. Together Nick and Billie will stumble through the tangle of mystery and mayhem with enough comedy to keep anyone from any form of fright. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Danny Beck and James Dunn
Danny Beck and James Dunn
Edna Johnson
Edna Johnson
Edna Johnson
Edna Johnson
Edna Johnson
Edna Johnson
Forrest Taylor and James Dunn
Forrest Taylor and James Dunn
Frances Richards
Frances Richards
Frank Moran
Frank Moran
George Eldredge
George Eldredge
George Eldredge
George Eldredge
Gus Glassmire
Gus Glassmire
Harry Depp
Harry Depp
Howard Banks
Howard Banks
Howard Banks and James Dunn
Howard Banks and James Dunn
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald, Jack Cheatham and James Dunn
J. Farrell MacDonald, Jack Cheatham and James Dunn
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
Jack Cheatham, Jan Wiley and James Dunn
Jack Cheatham, Jan Wiley and James Dunn
James Dunn
James Dunn
James Dunn and Joan Woodbury
James Dunn and Joan Woodbury
James Dunn and Minerva Urecal
James Dunn and Minerva Urecal
James Dunn
James Dunn
Jan Wiley and Howard Banks
Jan Wiley and Howard Banks
Jan Wiley, James Dunn and J. Farrell MacDonald
Jan Wiley, James Dunn and J. Farrell MacDonald
Joan Woodbury
Joan Woodbury
Joan Woodbury
Joan Woodbury
Lawrence Grant
Lawrence Grant
Minerva Urecal
Minerva Urecal
Norman Willis
Norman Willis
Paul McVey
Paul McVey
Paul McVey and Joan Woodbury
Paul McVey and Joan Woodbury