The Ghost Goes West

Synopsis: An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is not the only part of the deal, with it goes the several-hundred year old ghost who haunts it.
Director(s): René Clair
Production: Criterion Collection
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

THE GHOST GOES WES Based on a novel by Eric Keown

CAS 18th Century Scotland

- What are we waiting for? - We're

not to be denied by the Glouries!

If they refuse to open,

we'll break down the door!

Wist, lads!

I tell you again, we will see

the accursed Glourie.

And if you don't open the door,

we'll break it down.

Aye? Aye? But you daren't

disturb the Glourie!

Here, your medicine, Glourie.

The physician said...

Never mind what the physician said!

My medicine has always been whisky.

But I tell youGlourie, he said

that it would kill you!

I will not die.

I will not die until I seen

my son go to the war!

- What was that?

- The MacLaggan!

Here's the Glourie!

And what business have men

of clan MacLaggan with me this day?

Give me my bonnet.

Gavin Glourie, we come to tell

you that me and my five sons

and all the men of clan MacLaggan,

are marching to fight the English

for the glory of Scotland.

and we rejoice that in the battle

there will not be one fighting man

that bears the hated

name of Glourie.

I am too old and too ill

to fight this day,

but if, by accident,

any of you MacLaggan

should happen to stray near

the front line of battle,

you will see there my son Murdoch!

Your son Murdoch, eh?


We saw him just now in a field

playing with women. Young women!

A better occupation for

a Glourie than war!

Fetch me my son!

He will repay you for this insult!

He'll have his chance

on the battlefield,

but let me tell you,

for the last time,

that the Glourie are a clan

of craven cowards,

and we MacLaggans,

being men, despise you!

Men? I tell you, one Glourie

is man enough to thrash

50 MacLaggans!

- That's an insult, Father!

We'll revenge it! - No!

It's a waste of strength

to bicker with

the last poor feeble relics

of the clan Glourie!

- Come on, lads.

- Get out, before my son comes

and slays you all!

Give me that...

Bring me another glass.

- Whose turn is it now?

- Mine!

- Later.

- Mine! - No!

- Mine.

- No, no, it's Jean's.

What's the difference betwixt

a thistle in the heather

and a kiss in the dark?

If you can't tell me by the time

I've spelt "Killiecrankie",

you must pay the forfeit.


- I give it up.

- Wait now, C-R-A-N-K-I-E.

Well, you pay the forfeit.

- What is it?

- You know very well it's a kiss,

it's always a kiss, come here.

- Murdoch!

- What is it?

Forgive me, but your

father is wanting you.

What for?

I think he's wanting you

to be going to the battle.

Oh, aye, the battle.

But first I must claim the forfeit!


Fare thee well, lasses!

I'll be back soon!


When you meet any of the clan

MacLaggan on the battlefield,

strike him down!

But I thought I was supposed

to fight the English?

You're a Glourie.

You fight the MacLaggans first!

You can attend to

the English later.

- Goodbye, my son.

- Goodbye, Father.

Remember! You must not

pause for one moment

until you've avenged that insult!

- Now Glourie, you must rest.

- I'll rest...

My son's a man at last!

I can die content.

...When I finish this whisky.

Glourie, Glourie!

- What's happened?

- He's ill.

- Aye, very ill.

- But we'll send for the physician!

No, it's too late now.

May Heaven receive the

soul of Gavin Glourie.

Good morning, my bonny lass!

- Remember Murdoch, your father

said you mustn't pause.. - Be quiet.

Tell me lassie, which is the

way to the battle?

The second turning to your left,

and then bear right until you come

to men fighting. And that'll be it.

Well if the battle doesn't start

on time, I'll be back. Wait for me.

That cannon looks as though

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René Clair

René Clair (11 November 1898 – 15 March 1981) born René-Lucien Chomette, was a French filmmaker and writer. He first established his reputation in the 1920s as a director of silent films in which comedy was often mingled with fantasy. He went on to make some of the most innovative early sound films in France, before going abroad to work in the UK and USA for more than a decade. Returning to France after World War II, he continued to make films that were characterised by their elegance and wit, often presenting a nostalgic view of French life in earlier years. He was elected to the Académie française in 1960. Clair's best known films include The Italian Straw Hat (1928), Under the Roofs of Paris (1930), Le Million (1931), À nous la liberté (1931), I Married a Witch (1942), and And Then There Were None (1945). more…

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