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Shivering Spooks

Jay, Skooter, Johnny, Mary, Farina, Jackie, Joe

Production Notes

Length: Two Reel
Producer: Hal Roach
Director: Robert F. McGowan
Photography: Art Lloyd
Editor: Richard Currier
Titles: H. M. Walker
Writer: Hal Roach
Released: August 8, 1926
Studio: Pathe Exchange

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

  • Clara Guiol - Attendee
  • Dorothy Walbert - Attendee
  • George B. French - Professor Fleece
  • Ham Kinsey - Assistant
  • Harry Bowen - Assistant
  • Stanley Sandford - Detective

The Short

Plot: Professor Fleece is a phony psychic trying to bilk several people of their money with a phony seance, but his patience is tried by the Rascals playing ball in a nearby field. His con involves using special effects to convince his "suckers" he can communicate with the dead and foretell the future. When the Gang's baseball flies through a window of Fleece's house and hits him on his back, they take refuge in their hideout, "Capt. Kid's Tresure Cave," where Mary has been reading ghost stories to Farina and Skooter, next to the house. After a cave-in occurs, they manage to tunnel their way into the house, creating the noises of what seems to be some very ghostly activity to the surprise of the very stunned Professor Fleece, enabling them to ruin his effects. Fleece and his three associates decide to "scare the life half out" of the kids and set off a variety of gadgets and run around as ghosts. This is successful for several minutes, but eventually the kids catch on and capture the crooks to turn them over to the police.
Quotes:

  • "Why is ghosts allus white - Ain't they no colored ghosts?" - Farina to Mary
  • "Colored people can't be ghosts; how could you see them in the dark?" - Mary to Farina
  • "Stop blubbering and sit down." - Joe Cobb

Sequence


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