This week’s “I watched it so you don’t have to!”

I watched it so you don’t have to!

Ghost Fever (1985) ghost-fever-movie-poster-1987-1020255947


Sherman Hemsley (The Jeffersons, Amen, The Hughleys)

Luis Avalos (E/R, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper)

Jennifer Rhodes: (Nightingales, 3rd Rock from the Sun)

Director: Alan Smithee (credited*) Actually Lee Madden

Writer: Oscar Brodney

Two African American cops are sent to a run down Southern plantation to evict the residents so a freeway can be built in its place. The catch? The “residents” are all Civil War ghost. The hijinx ensue.


After playing the iconic George Jefferson on “The Jefferson”, Sherman Hemsley tried his hand at the big screen in what turned out to be a huge flop. Hemsley mostly funded this movie himself which, literally, left him in financial ruin.

As much as I wanted to like this movie, Brodney’s writing made this feel like a left-over ’80s era slap-stick comedy, without the comedy.

*Director Lee Madden was so unhappy with the way the film turned out that he credited himself as “Alan Smithee” , the Directors Guild of America’s approved pseudonym for directors who do not want their name attached to a film.

If you actually made it through the movie, which I doubt you did, Hemsley also sang the theme song. And just for proof-

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