||There doesn't seem to be as many really famous ghost photographs made today as there used to be. The honor of being the best known ghost picture of recent years probably goes to an unlikely candidate: the so-called "ghost boy" in the movie Three Men and a Baby. The comedy had its theatrical release in 1987, and it wasn't until it had been out on home video for a while that the ghost stories surrounding the film began to circulate. In one of the final scenes, a figure is briefly visible behind the curtains of a window. It looks like a motionless young boy. At one point there is an object in the window which some have interpreted as a shotgun pointed at the boy's head. The popular rumor is that a boy had died in the house where the movie was filmed, whether by being shot, or falling out the window, or some other grisly means, and his ghost returned to haunt the film crew. In fact, the scene in question was shot on a Hollywood sound stage, not in a real home where anyone ever lived or died. And the "boy" everyone has seen was not a ghost -- he was cardboard. According to the cast and crew, the mysterious figure was a life-size cardboard cutout of the movie's star, Ted Danson. Someone on the set propped it up in front of the window as a joke.
There are those who have accused the film's producers of starting the hoax in order to beef up ticket sales. If this were the case, surely they would have made sure everyone knew about the "ghost boy" long before the movie was on the video shelves for a couple of years. Remember, Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy. He would never do anything so illogical.