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Ghostbusters (Deleted Scene): Nobel Prize Aspirations

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In Ghostbusters, the Deleted Scene: Nobel Prize Aspirations (also known as The Stairway) - Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler are walking in Weaver Hall. The New York City Public Library scene with the Library ghost had just happened earlier and they're arguing about a possible Nobel Prize.





Peter, Ray and Egon walk through a hall then down the stairs to the basement. Peter's mind is racing. He thinks if they can trap a ghost and hold it, they could win a Nobel Prize. They pass by a coed, Leslie, whom Peter acknowledges. Ray protests he and Egon deserve it because they are doing all of the hard research and designing the equipment. Peter counters he introduced Ray and Egon to each other. Jan, a Workman in painter pants, is outside their door. After they walk in, the Workman scrapes their names off the door with a razor blade.

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  • This scene was shot on the first day of principal photography and took 17 takes. It was ultimately deleted during editing. [1]


  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 35 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The Weaver Hall interior was shot on the first day of principal photography. Apparently, it took awhile for all concerned to hit their stride since seventeen takes were needed to get the relatively straightforward scene onto film. Ultimately, it was deleted during editing."


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