The Spirit Is Willing

Overview

In this spooky comedy, a couple and their adolescent son move into a quiet New England summer cottage. Soon their arrival, a series of strange and increasingly destructive occurrences begin to happen. Not believing in poltergeists, the puzzled parents immediately suspect their son. The real perpetrators are a trio of angry ghosts who want the cabin all to themselves. When the mortal family refuses to move, the ghostly trio (two women and a man) sink two boats belonging to the couples' wealthy uncle. Once again ...
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Overview

In this spooky comedy, a couple and their adolescent son move into a quiet New England summer cottage. Soon their arrival, a series of strange and increasingly destructive occurrences begin to happen. Not believing in poltergeists, the puzzled parents immediately suspect their son. The real perpetrators are a trio of angry ghosts who want the cabin all to themselves. When the mortal family refuses to move, the ghostly trio (two women and a man) sink two boats belonging to the couples' wealthy uncle. Once again the poor boy is blamed and this nearly drives him insane for he can see the ghosts. More trouble follows when one of the lady spirits falls in love with the handsome uncle.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Horrormeister William Castle occasionally took a turn for the intentionally silly, as in The Spirit Is Willing, which transforms Nathaniel Benchley's chilling original tale into a broad comedy. While Ben Starr's screenplay wouldn't cause Neil Simon or Mel Brooks to watch their comedic backs, it does have a certain goofy charm to it. The basic premise, of course, is hard to mess up; it's perhaps regrettable that Starr and Castle didn't explore it in a more interesting or original manner, but that doesn't keep Spirit from being moderately enjoyable. Castle's direction tries much too hard to be funny, but he does get great help from his talented cast. Sid Caesar, performing a role that he could have done with his eyes closed, gets more laughs from Starr's words than they deserve, and John McGiver is as drolly self-involved as usual. Vera Miles does very well with a poorly written part, and Mary Wickes and Jesse White are as dependable as always. As the lad being tormented by the ghosts, Barry J. Gordon handles himself well. Spirit is probably best appreciated by Castle aficionados, but it's acceptable and unchallenging rainy day viewing for the average viewer, as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • UPC: 887090041102
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Colorized
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,266

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sid Caesar Ben Powell
Vera Miles Kate Powell
Barry J. Gordon Steve Powell
John McGiver Uncle George
Cass Daley Felicity Twitchell
Ricky Cordell Miles Thorpe
Mary Wickes Gloria Tritt
Jesse White Fess Dorple
Nestor Paiva Felicity's Father
Doodles Weaver Booper Mellish
Jay C. Flippen "Mother"
Jill Townsend Priscilla Weems
John Astin Dr. Frieden
Mickey Deems Rabbit Warren
Robert Donner Ebenezer Twitchell
Harvey Lembeck Capt. Pederson
Technical Credits
William Castle Director, Producer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Edwin H. Bryant Editor
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Don Greenwood Jr. Set Decoration/Design
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Vic Mizzy Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Hal Pereira Art Director
Ben Starr Screenwriter
Harold E. Stine Cinematographer
Walter Tyler Art Director
Lee Vasque Special Effects
Monty Westmore Makeup
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Spirit Is Willing
1. Opening [:12]
2. Extended Vacation [8:27]
3. Wacky Visitors [11:41]
4. Uncle''s Yacht [7:06]
5. Summer Job [13:28]
6. Calling All Ghosts [11:15]
7. Ghost Research [1:42]
8. The Party [9:09]
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