The Spirit is Willing (1966)

35mm film, colour (“color by Technicolor”), 1.78:1
mono, English

An America comedy fantasy film directed by William Castle.

Plot Summary

A family move into their holiday farmhouse only to find it haunted by three mischievous ..


Directed by: William Castle
© 1966 by Paramount Pictures Corporation
A Paramount picture [logo]. William Castle presents
Produced by: William Castle
Associate Producer: Dona Holloway
Screenplay by: Ben Starr
Based on the Novel The Visitors by: Nathaniel Benchley
Director of Photography: Harold Stine
Edited by: Edwin H. Bryant
Music: Vic Mizzy
Sound Recording: Garry A. Harris, Charles Grenzbach
Makeup Supervision: Wally Westmore
Hair Style Supervision: Nellie Manley
Special Photographic Effects: Paul K. Lerpae
Proocess Photography: Farciot Edouart
Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler

Sid Caesar (Ben Powell)
Vera Miles (Kate Powell)
Barry Gordon (Steve Powell)
John McGiver (Uncle George)
Cass Daley (Felicity)
Ricky Cordell (Miles Thorpe)
Mary Wickes (Gloria Tritt)
Robert Donner (Ebenezer)
Mickey Deems (Rabbit Warren)
Nestor Paiva (Felicity's father)
Doodles Weaver (Booper Mellish)
Jay C. Flippen (mother)
Jill Townsend (Jenny, Priscilla and Carol)
John Astin (Dr Frieden)
Jesse White (Fess Dorple)

Alternative Titles

Allt upp och ner – Sweden
Duchy rozrabiają – Poland
Está Sobrando Um Fantasma – Brazil
Il fantasma ci sta – Italy
Fantasmas em Férias – Portugal
Ky Nghi Kinh Hoang – Vietnam
Mutta liha on heikko – Finland
Spik i egen kista – Sweden
Trois fantômes à la page – Canada (French), France
Дух желает – Russia



  • Film Score Monthly vol.8 no.4 (April/May 2003) p.46 – soundtrack review (Score: reviews of CDs by Steven A. Kennedy)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9498 (18 March 1968) p.12
  • The Film Daily vol.131 no.12 (20 July 1967) p.3
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.35 no.411 (April 1968) p.61
  • Kine Weekly no.3153 (16 March 1968) p.20
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.196 no.34 (13 July 1967) p.3
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.237 no.31 (2 August 1967) p.710
  • Variety 19 July 1967


  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.432
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.316-317 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.457 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.367-370
  • Step Right Up!… I'm Going to Scare the Pants Off America by William Castle p.182