The Time of Their Lives (1946)

USA, 1946
35mm film
black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Charles Barton.

Plot Summary

Two ghosts mistakenly believed to be traitors during the American Revolution appear in the 20th century to find a letter from George Washington that might prove their innocence.


Directed by: Charles Barton
Copyright MCMXLVI [1946] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents
Executive Producer: Joseph Gershenson
Produced by: Val Burton
Original Screenplay by: Val Burton, Walter De Leon, Bradford Ropes
Additional Dialogue by: John Grant
Director of Photography: Charles Van Enger
Film Editor: Philip Cahn
Musical Score and Direction: Milton Rosen
Director of Sound: Bernard B. Brown
Western Electric Recording
Gowns: Rosemary Odell
Director of Make-Up: Jack P. Pierce
Hair Stylist: Carmen Dirigo
Special Photography by: D.S. Horsley and Jerome Ash
Art Direction: Jack Otterson, Richard H. Riedel

Bud Abbott (Cuthbert Greenway/Dr Ralph Greenway)
Lou Costello (Horatio Prim)
Marjorie Reynolds (Melody Allen)
Binnie Barnes (Mildred Dean)
John Shelton (Sheldon Gage)
Gale Sondergaard (Emily)
Lynne Baggett (June Prescott)
Jess Barker (Tom Danbury)
Anne Gillis (Nora Leary)
Donald MacBride (Lieutenant Mason)
William Hall (Sergeant Connors)
Robert H. Barrat (Major Putnam)
Rex Lease (Sergeant Makepeace

Alternative Titles

Aaveita, autoja ja ammuksia – Finland
Deux nigauds dans le manoir hanté – France
El fantasma huye – Spain
Förlåt att jag spökar – Sweden
The Ghost Steps Out
Ni vivos ni muertos – Uruguay
Se ci sei batti due colpi
– Italy



  • The Abbott and Costello Book by Jim Mulholland pp.126-130; 225-226
  • Abbott and Costello on the Home Front: A Critical Study of the Wartime Films by Scott Allen Nollen pp.120-136; 191-192 – illustrated synopsis, review; illustrated credits
  • The Abbott & Costello Story by Stephen Cox and John Lofflin pp.217
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow p.526
  • Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.330-332 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team’s Monster Films by Jeffrey S. Miller pp.23, 34, 36, 71, 138, 165-187, 213
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.494 – credits
  • Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Films 1931-1946 (2nd edition) by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas pp.548-552 – illustrated credits, article, review