Goodness! A Ghost
Harry Langdon didn't spend the 1940s exclusively at Columbia. Aside from headlining in the occasional feature at PRC and Monogram, Harry also wrote and starred in this lone, utterly bizarre, short for RKO. Goodness! A Ghost, released March 8th, 1940, is quite unlike his cookie-cutter Columbias in that a) it has a sizable effects budget and b) it's more or less incoherent. Especially at the beginning, Harry's personality is as winning here as ever, perhaps more so than in the shorts he was appearing in for Jules White, but his story is a rambling, disjointed mess. It actually contains enough decent ideas for two or even three shorts, but they simply don't come together. Is Goodness! A Ghost about a bumbling stagehand who's waiting for his big break as an actor? Or is it about a man whose life is being comically manipulated by the ghost of his grandfather? Or is it all about miniature crime-fighting ghosts flying around in model airplanes? I refuse to accept that it's all three.