Was there a movie from your childhood that used to scare the daylights out of you when you were a kid that you now look back upon as an adult and can't believe that it actually scared you?

My childhood was filled with blockbuster classics like Child's Play and Stephen King's IT but it was the family movie Three Men and a Baby that scared the bejeezus out of me!

Let me explain. Back in the 80s and 90s there was an urban legend making the rounds that there was a ghost in the background of one of the scenes from the film.

The legend claimed that infamous "ghost boy" appears behind curtains when Ted Danson's character Jack walks through the house with his mother plated by Celeste Holm. As Jack's mother plays with the baby girl who was being minded by  Jack and his two flatmates Peter and Michael  played by Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg , a figure of a small boy can be seen in the background.​

Several different rumours were circulating about the origin of the "ghost." The most well known was that the young boy lived in the house that the movie was being filmed in and shot himself. His grief stricken parents moved out of the house but the ghost boy lingered on.  This urban legend shook me to the core. This was a time before the internet so it was hard to Google the truth.​

So was it really a ghost? The simple answer is no. It's actually a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson, a prop belong to Jack's character.  Jack was a vain actor who had memorabilia of his acting gigs around his apartment, The film wasn't even filmed in a house but a sound stage.

Tom Selleck appeared on The Jimmy Fallon Show to debunk the legend


Who started the rumour?  My guess is that it was a brilliant rumour from the producers.  It's been 30 years since the film's release and the urban legend of the Three Men and a Baby "ghost boy" myth is still circulating! If the rumour was an inside job I am betting it blew up bigger than they anticipated.

Did you have a movie from your childhood that scared you rotten? Did you believe the "ghost boy" rumours? Have your say in the comments below!

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