Back to the past with an interesting twist on a whodunit. Our victim is not dead but he’s not exactly living either. In The Living Ghost, detective Nick Trayne (James Dunn) is asked to look in the mysterious disappearance of millionaire Walter Craig.
When Mr. Craig reappears he’s not quite himself, in fact he is in a catatonic state later to be diagnosed as having parts of his brain paralyzed. But apparently he’s not completely catatonic because he may or may not have murdered someone.
Trayne stays on the case with the assistance of his secretary Billie Hilton (Joan Woodbury) to find out not only who damaged Craig but to find out if he’s really a killer.
I wanted to like this movie, I really did, it had an interesting plot, a couple decent thriller moments and a decent cast of characters. The problem I have is with Nick Trayne himself. Now I could tell that Dunn was a half decent actor so I don’t know if he was just poorly suited for this role or if the role was badly written. Trayne is not bungling or funny enough to be a comedic detective, not serious enough to be hard boiled, and since none of the other cast is really playing well off him, including his assistant Billie, he’s not the straight-lace detective either. In fact I don’t I just don’t believe him as a detective at all. In fact the whole feature suffers a bit from tries hard but finds movie making difficult. Which means it’s a decent time waster but I doubt I’ll remember it’s existence next year.
But maybe I’m being too harsh, here go watch it yourself, it’s free.