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The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (aka No Nightingales)

+ intro by BFI Curator Josephine Botting

Take a jaunt through 200 years of British history in the entertaining company of two blithe spirits.

Image from The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (aka No Nightingales) + intro by BFI Curator Josephine Botting

UK 1947
Dir Vernon Sewell
With Robert Morley, Felix Aylmer, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Arnaud
87min
35mm
Certificate PG

Ghostly goings-on were an audience favourite after World War Two and this film takes us on a jaunt through two centuries of British history in the entertaining company of two blithe spirits. Morley and Aylmer play spectral soldiers who met their fate during the reign of Queen Anne and are confined to their own house until a reigning monarch visits. As their London residence is repurposed, the pair hone their haunting skills, with spooky special effects adding to the fun. The impeccable cast of British character actors is held together by the stars, who poke fun at Britishness while superbly conveying the tedium of eternal damnation.


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