The Time of Their Lives

Synopsis: Two ghosts who were mistakenly branded as traitors during the Revolutionary War return to 20th century New England to retrieve a letter from George Washington which would prove their innocence.
Director(s): Charles Barton
Production: Universal
82 min

She's beautiful, isn't

she? Lucky man, Tom Danbury.

If his sense of lovemaking

equals his sense of politics,

it should be

a happy marriage.

Who couldn't be happy with

Melody Allen? She's adorable.

Oh, Cuthbert. Uh, yes, sir. Yes, sir.

Do you recommend

this vintage, my man?

Oh, yes,

it's delicious.

That is, so the other

guests have told me.

So, Master Cuthbert. Up to

your old tricks again, I see.

Oh, Nora, just

a nip or two.

But I'd even give that up

if... I know. If I'd marry you.

You could become the biggest teetotaler in

the Colonies, and my answer would still be no.

But, Nora, I have saved up enough money

to pay your bond to Master Danbury.

Why, you'd be a free woman. No, thank you.

I'd rather be bound to the master

than tied to the likes of you. So!

You're still in love with that

little, fat, stupid tinker.

Little he may be. Fat? There's nothin'

wrong with an extra pound of flesh.

But stupid? Hmph! You'll never see the day

when you're half as smart as my Horatio.

I'll say he's smart... persuading you to punch

holes in all the master's best copperware.

'Tis a lie.

That was my own idea.

Nora! Nora!

He's comin' up the road!


Horatio, my darlin'?

That lazy fat tub.

Lazy, is he?

Why, he's the most wide-awake

tinker in the Colonies.

Hello, tinker.

Hello, Mr. Grant.

Hello, Mrs. Jones.


Horatio, my darlin'!







Horatio, where are you?

Nora! Nora!

Saints preserve us.

Oh, Nora.

I had a terrible time getting

here. I got lost east of West Point,

and I was held up

north of South Ferry.

And at Barton's Barn, I had a

"bitish" with the "Buttish. " A what?

A British with a brish... A brush

with the British. And I was shot.


Right through the saddle.

The devils.


I'd never go through that again

for anyone...

except you.





Oh, Horatio, do my kisses

thrill you that much?

I'm sitting on a pitchfork.

Oh! Oh, well, for heaven's sake!

Here, here. Well, get up! Nora! Nora!

Get it ou-ou-out!



Nora! Nor...!


Food. Nora, for me? Mm-hmm.

Thank you. Tinker, I've missed you so much.

I've missed you too, Nora.

Here. You take the first

bite. It'll taste sweeter.


Oh, Horatio, 'tis happy I am to see

you. Cuthbert's been pesterin' me again.

Oh, he has, has he?

Wait'll I see him.

I'll haul off and give him the

dirtiest look he's ever had in his life.

No need of that since

we'll be leavin' here tomorrow.

Why so hasty?

Hasty, is it?

Tinker! You've not

got the money.

Well, you see, Nora,

things are very hard,

and folks can't pay me.

When I first started the trip, I had

a pound, 14 shillings and six pence.

Then I found that a lot of

my customers were badly off.

So I bought them food with

my pound and 14 shillings.

What happened to your pence?

I lost 'em in a card game.

Oh, Horatio,

you've failed me.

Oh, Nora.

Don't worry. I'll get the

money. Business is gonna boom...

now that I got a personal letter of

recommendation from General George Washington.

From the general himself?

Yes, I have.

You wouldn't be after tellin'

a tale now? Oh, no, Nora.

I got it right here. It isn't everyone that

can get a letter from General George Washington.

"Know all men by these presents... Mm-hmm.

"that the bearer of this

letter, Master Horatio Prim,

That's me.

"is a splendid artisan...

"whose very skills have served

the Continental forces well.

"I take great pleasure

in recommending him...

"to all who need the services of an

excellent tinker and a true patriot.

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