5 user 6 critic

Earthbound (1940)

Approved | | Mystery, Fantasy | 6 June 1940 (USA)
A murdered man (Baxter) helps his widow (Leeds) bring his killer (Bari) to justice.



, (story) | 1 more credit »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Complete credited cast:
Nick Desborough
Ellen Desborough
Linda Reynolds
Mr. Whimser
Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Becky Tilden
Russell Hicks ...
Christian Rub ...
Etienne Almette
Amos Totten
Lester Sharpe ...
Detective (as Lester Scharff)
Reginald Sheffield ...
Defense Attorney
Pedro de Cordoba ...


Nick and Ellen's second honeymoon in Switzerland is interrupted when he is called back to Paris on business. But it turns out to be funny-business when he discovers his ex-mistress Linda sent him the telegram. Nick spurns her, leading her to shoot and kill him. His ghost cannot rest, though, since Linda's husband Jeff is arrested for the crime and tried. Nick hovers over Ellen guiding her to the evidence that will clear Jeff and convict Linda, at which point he can rest at peace. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Mystery | Fantasy






Release Date:

6 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra del pecado  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Filmed January 13-late February 1940. The final feature for actress Andrea Leeds, and the last at 20th Century-Fox for Warner Baxter, who left for Columbia and the "Crime Doctor" series. See more »


Version of Earthbound (1920) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Dead man haunted by the living!"
1 October 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Light drama and sentiment mixes reasonably well for this thin story involving an American businessman in Europe who is shot to death by a former flame; he ends up attending his own murder trial in ghostly form, only to see the wrong person convicted for the crime. Why another person should accept blame (and life in prison) for a killing they didn't commit is something the picture never takes the time to iron out, and Warner Baxter is initially a dismaying hero with little personality (he improves however, as does the film after a slow start). Charley Grapewin is terrific as a Bible-reading stranger who can converse with Baxter's ghost, and Elizabeth Patterson is also very good as a busy-body. The film itself is extremely slight, with one special effect which becomes rather tedious, though director Irving Pichel keeps the narrative fairly tight and drives the movie to a satisfying wrap-up. ** from ****

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Earthbound (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: