GenreComedy, Fantasy, Horror ProducerAlexander Korda LanguageEnglish
WriterGeoffrey Kerr, Robert E. Sherwood, Lajos Biro Release date17 December 1935 (UK) CastRobert Donat (Murdoch Glourie / Donald Glourie), Jean Parker (Peggy Martin), Eugene Pallette (Mr. Joe Martin), Elsa Lanchester (Miss Shepperton), Ralph Bunker (Ed L. Bigelow) Similar moviesCrimson Peak, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Frozen, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Dark Shadows, Last Knights
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The Ghost Goes West (1935) is a British romantic comedy/fantasy film starring Robert Donat, Jean Parker, and Eugene Pallette, and directed by René Clair, his first English-language film. The film contrasts an Old World ghost dealing with American vulgarity.
This rather cosmopolitan production combines an Hungarian-born British producer, a French director, and an American writer in a British film. This movie was the biggest grossing movie in 1936 in Great Britain.
Peggy Martin (Parker), the daughter of a rich American businessman (Eugene Pallette), persuades him to purchase a Scottish castle from Donald Glourie (Robert Donat), dismantle it and move it to Florida. Along with the castle goes its ghost.
Murdoch Glourie (also played by Donat) haunts the castle after dying a coward’s death in the 18th century. To find rest, he must get a descendant of the enemy Clan MacClaggan to admit that one Glourie is worth fifty MacClaggans.
Robert Donat as Murdoch Glourie and Donald Glourie
Jean Parker as Peggy Martin
Eugene Pallette as Mr. Martin
Elsa Lanchester as Miss Shepperton
Ralph Bunker as Ed Bigelow, Martin's rival
Patricia Hilliard as Shepherdess
Everley Gregg as Mrs. Martin
Victor Rietti as the Scientist
Morton Selten as The Glourie
Chili Bouchier as Cleopatra
Mark Daly as Murdoch's Groom
Herbert Lomas as Fergus
Elliott Mason as Mrs. MacNiff
Hay Petrie as The McLaggen
Quentin McPhearson as Mackaye
Both the original treatment and the final cutting continuity were published in Successful Film Writing as Illustrated by 'the Ghost Goes West' by Seton Margrave. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1936.
Writing for The Spectator in 1935, Graham Greene praised the film, noting in particular how the "camera sense" of René Clair (whose prior films were primarily satiric in nature) manifested itself in the film's "feeling of mobility, of visual freedom" and highlighted Clair's directorial genius. Greene also praised the acting of Pallette and Donat, describing Pallette's portrayal of an American millionaire as the finest performance of his career, and Donat's acting style as imbued with "invincible naturalness".
The film was voted the best British movie of 1936.
It was the 13th most popular film at the British box office in 1935-36.