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Scott Andrew Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 19 Apr 2003 20:31:19 -0500
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Not of the same vintage, but Gordon Chan's _Armageddon_ (1997), and Leonard
Kirtman's _Curse of the Headless Horseman_ (1972), as well as most episodes
of the "mystery" Scooby-Doo (and presumably the film, which I haven't seen),
would fit what you're looking for, were you looking past the 1940s.

Scott Andrew Hutchins
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Examine The Life of Timon of Athens at Cracks in the Fourth Wall
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"But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and
stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice
and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all...why then perhaps we
*must* stand fast a little--even at the risk of being heroes." --Sir Thomas
More, _A Man for All Seasons_, by Robert Bolt

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From: "Miller, James Andrew (UMC-Student)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2003 12:27 PM
Subject: "Almost ghost" or pseudo-ghost films?


I'm looking at a lot of ghost movies from the 1940s (Ghost and Mrs Muir,
Portrait of Jennie, A Guy Named Joe) and began to notice that there seem to
be quite a few of what I might call "almost ghost" or "pseudo ghost" films
in the period.

The Ghost Breakers (1941): the ghost turns out to be a scam...
The Lost Moment (1947): adaptation of James' "The Aspern Papers"-- Miss Tina
isn't literally a ghost but has almost made herself one by sheer force of

Can you think of any more films of the 40s that are like these? Either the
viewer is temporarily led to believe there is a ghost at work, or else one
or more characters behave in a ghostly manner while the viewer is let in on
the truth.

Andy Miller
University of Missouri-Columbia

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