The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
Genre
  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
Written bySy Gomberg
Rick Mittleman
Directed byBruce Bilson
StarringDick O'Neill
Victor French
Louise Latham
Monte Markham
Ruta Lee
Music byFrank De Vol
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producerWilliam Robert Yates
ProducerJerome Courtland
CinematographyLeonard J. South
EditorNorman R. Palmer
Running time120 minutes
Production companyWalt Disney Productions
DistributorBuena Vista Productions
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor (Technicolor)
Audio formatMono
Original releaseDecember 21–28, 1980

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall is a 1980 American made-for-television fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions, directed by Bruce Bilson and starring Dick O'Neill, Victor French, Louise Latham and Monte Markham. It was originally broadcast as a two-part episode of Disney's Wonderful World on December 21 and December 28, 1980.[1]

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall was filmed on location at Banning House in the Wilmington section of Los Angeles, California.[2]

Synopsis

When the 100-year-old Buxley Military Academy falls on hard financial times and is forced to merge with a school for girls, the academy's resident ghosts – General Eulace C. Buxley, Bettina Buxley and Sergeant Major Chester B. Sweet – are aggrieved and aroused from their sleep to seek justice. Outraged by this disrespect of tradition, the spirits are further appalled by a modern world of equal rights for women and rock 'n' roll, as well as the dishonest designs a wealthy matron has for the school. The ghost trio declares war on the living who are involved in their own battle of the sexes.

Cast

Production

On April 5, 1981, a little over four months after the December broadcast of The Ghosts of Buxley Hall, director Bruce Bilson married one of the film's co-stars, Renne Jarrett.[3]

Release

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall was released on VHS by Walt Disney Home Video in the 1980s. On September 18, 2012, it was released on DVD as a Disney Movie Club Exclusive, available only to club members for mail or online ordering.[4]

Broadcast

Turner Classic Movies presented The Ghosts of Buxley Hall on October 28, 2015 as part of its "Treasures From the Disney Vault" combined with a "Salute to Halloween". Shown before "The Ghosts of Buxley Hall" were The Three Little Pigs (1933), The Big Bad Wolf (1934), Three Little Wolves (1936), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), The Old Mill (1937), "The Plausible Impossible" (1956), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Lonesome Ghosts (1937), Frankenweenie (1984) and Mr. Boogedy (1986). Following "The Ghosts of Buxley Hall", the Disney-Halloween salute concluded with Return from Witch Mountain (1978).

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