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paulw
Posted on Saturday, October 02, 2004 - 11:02 am:   

Okay -- I've been looking for this movie for years. It's a British film, made back in the 40s or 50s, set in Scotland, somewhat similar in tone to "I Know Where I'm Going" -- that wacky eccentricity that Bill Forsythe picked up on years later. The story, as I remember it, is a city girl comes to Scotland, or an island off Scotland, and gets stuck there. There's an old castle, haunted by a ghost, I think -- there's definitely an ancient curse. While there, she meets and falls in love with a local guy -- and through various twists and turns, the two of them wind up laying the curse to rest between them. This happens right at the end, in a scene I recall as being both surprising and very charming.

Does this ring a bell with anyone? I don't believe it's the Canterville Ghost . . .
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rick bowes
Posted on Saturday, October 02, 2004 - 12:32 pm:   

I believe it was called "Ghosties in Kilties" back in the '50's. A porn version was released in the late '80's called "Ghosties without Kilties". I hope this helps.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Saturday, October 02, 2004 - 02:42 pm:   

PW,

Are you perhaps thinking of THE GHOST GOES WEST, which Rene Clair made for Alexander Korda in 1935? Robert Donat plays both the ghost and his lookalike descendant. The central section of the movie is devoted to the girl's family buying and dismantling the castle so they can reconstruct it back home in New York, but otherwise it matches your description pretty well.

The link above will take you to a BFI site where you can watch a couple of clips in streaming video. Maybe they'll jog your memory.
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rick bowes
Posted on Saturday, October 02, 2004 - 05:21 pm:   

The king sees all and knows all.
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Bob Urell
Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 04:23 am:   

Bowes is evil, Paul. I imagine you already knew that....
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paulw
Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 06:09 am:   

Mr. hamm,

I believe you are right! Many, many thanks -- I'm going to rent this one asap -- surprised to learn it was made so early, however. But memory is not to be trusted!

As for Rick's suggestion, are you sure you're not thinking of "Ghosties With Shelties?"

P
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Neal Stanifer
Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 08:47 am:   

Re: "Ghosties with Shelties"...

I think there was a low-budget Irish remake of this film entitled "Girlies with Selkies." You may not be able to obtain it in the States, however, since PETA protested over what those poor seals were put through.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2004 - 10:17 pm:   

PW,

Let me know if you're unable to track down a copy of GGW. I might be able to set you up with a loaner.

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