For Your Halloween Amusement - Watch 1942 "Race" Comedy/Horror Film 'Lucky Ghost'
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For Your Halloween Amusement - Watch 1942 "Race" Comedy/Horror Film 'Lucky Ghost'

Lucky GhostSince Halloween

is almost upon us, I’ve decided to revisit a piece I wrote last Halloween, if only because it’s interesting (well, at least I think it is), but also that, for some reason, the actual video of the full film was removed. But I’ve found another video of it.

However, when

it comes to black horror films, admittedly, there really aren’t that many. Yes there’s schlock like "Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde," "Black Frankenstein," "Blacula" and its sequel "Scream Blacula Scream," "J.D.’s

Revenge" and the immortal "Exorcist" rip-off "Abby" that needs a special article all

its own.

Instead, I want to take a look at the 1942 “race” film "Lucky Ghost," starring Mantan Moreland and F.E. Miller.

The film was

one of countless "race" movies made during the silent era to the late

40’s, aimed exclusively at black film-going audiences, and it was directed by

veteran B (and zero budget) movie director William Beaudine, who had, maybe, one

of the most extraordinary film directing careers ever, starting out making silent

film shorts in 1915, before moving up to low budget feature films, and was

still directing TV episodes into the mid-1970’s, with over 370 titles to

his credit.

He was known

by the nickname “One Shot” Beaudine for his penchant for doing only one take of

any scene. How else could he have directed so many films and TV shows? I guess

he saved a lot of time.

Anyway, "Ghost" tells the story of two chicken stealing ne’er-do-wells who win a ton of

money and a car in a dice game, and wind up in a country club gambling joint

run by a con-man who sets out to swindle them.

However, the

con man’s dead relatives, who are buried in a nearby cemetery, don’t like what

the club has turned into, with all that kneegrow loud music, and noise, coming

from the place, disturbing their sleep, and more. So they decide to haunt the

joint.

Needless to

say, hilarity ensues.

Is it filled

with stereotypes and all kinds of non-PC stuff? Absolutely. But I would be

lying if I told you that I’m not entertained by "Lucky Ghost" every

time I watch it, and even laugh out loud in spots, especially one scene in

which one of the ghosts takes over Moreland’s body.

So I leave

it to you to watch in full for yourself below:

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