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THERE'S ALSO A GHOST IN THE AIR PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!
on March 23, 2010
What is great about this old British film is that it is just plain deliciously fun! Some people gawk at the use of that word to describe something pleasureable, but I find it perfect for this mostly (unfortunetly) forgotten film. 1952's CASTLE IN THE AIR is witty, charming, and has a stellar cast throughout. This is really David Tomlinson's movie as he is truely brilliant as the Scottish Laird who's desperately trying to keep his sinking castle financially afloat. American audiences will most remember Tomlinson from Disney's 1964's megasmash Mary Poppins. Margaret Rutherford effortly shines as well, as one of the castles tenants who thinks the Laird is really the rightful King of Scotland - yes she is a bit eccentric, but afterall we are talking about Margaret Rutherford performance! I am a big fan of Miss Rutherford's and only which her part was a little bit larger. Can't say this was her most memorable role, but a perfect addition to this solid cast through and through. The humor revolves around the Laird's awful financially straped situation, and the desperate measures by which he and his loyal staff do to not end up in the poor house. At times the castle is a Bed & Breakfast and they even give "Estate Tours" to help raise runds. Between the tenants, bill collectors, an American guest, a repressed romance, tourers, mice, and a ghost - you have vintage old school, old world British humour at its best! I also have to mention the often huge amazing sets and the adorable silly ghost named Emmentrude that helps the Laird at just the right times. My only complaint is not with the picture itself, but with the lousy transfer DVD quality they have for this particular disc. This really is an enchanting old film and it deserves a far better treatment that it has gotton here. Unfortunitely at this time of this review its the only way to own a copy of it on DVD, and being a fan I'd rather have a not so great copy than none at all. Despite the crappy transfer, I do love this film and recommend this bit of old fashioned fun to anyone who find a glimmer joy and inquirey to the words above. Hope you have fun!!!!!