Ghost Boy in Three Men and a Baby
Human Figure in the Window and a Shotgun

Ghost Boy in Three Men and a Baby
Human Figure in the Window and a Shotgun

Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson, and directed by Leonard Nimoy, in his first non-Star Trek movie directorial role.

It follows the mishaps and adventures of three bachelors as they attempt to adapt their lives to pseudo-fatherhood with the arrival of one of the men's love child.

In the final cut of the movie, there is a scene, just over an hour into the film, in which Jack Holden (Ted Danson) and his mother (Celeste Holm) walk through the house with the baby.

As they do so, they pass a background window on the left-hand side of the screen, and a black outline that appears to resemble a rifle pointed downward can be seen behind the curtains.

As the characters walk back past the window 40 seconds later, a human figure can be seen in that window.

A persistent urban legend began circulating August 1990 (shortly before the film's sequel, Three Men and a Little Lady, premiered) that this was the ghost of a boy who had been killed in the house where the movie was filmed.

The most common version of this rumor was that a nine-year-old boy committed suicide with a shotgun there, explaining why the house was vacant because the grieving family left.

This notion was discussed on the first episode of TV Land: Myths and Legends in January 2007 and was referenced in "Hollywood Babylon", a second season episode of the TV series Supernatural.

The figure is actually a cardboard cutout "standee" of Jack, wearing a tuxedo and top hat, that was left on the set.

This prop was created as part of the storyline, in which Jack, an actor, appears in a dog food commercial, but this portion of the story was cut from the final version of the film.

The standee does show up later in the film, however, when Jack stands next to it as the baby's mother comes to reclaim her child.

Snopes contends that the figure in the first scene looks smaller from its appearance in the latter scene because of the distance and angle of the shot, and because the curtains obscure its outstretched arms.

As for the contention that a boy died in the house, all the indoor scenes in the film were shot on a Toronto soundstage, and no residential dwellings were used for interior filming. 


Three Men and a Baby Urban Legend

The story of the ghost boy in the movie Three Men and a Baby has been around for awhile now.

It was claimed that a boy was killed within the home and his figure was caught in a window.

It was also claimed that a shotgun could be seen in the movie.

The strange figure seen behind the curtains of a window in the background of a Three Men and a Baby scene is a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson and nothing more.

The black portions of the figure resemble a shotgun from the curtains but it is not a shotgun. In reality the movie wasn't filmed in a home but on a set.

This is a great example of how urban legends get blown out of proportion.