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Earthbound (1940)

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A murdered man (Baxter) helps his widow (Leeds) bring his killer (Bari) to justice.



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Complete credited cast:
Nick Desborough
Andrea Leeds ...
Ellen Desborough
Lynn Bari ...
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 <>

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Mystery | Fantasy






Release Date:

6 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra del pecado  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Weepy supernatural melodrama
12 October 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This gooey concoction stars Warner Baxter as a happily married businessman murdered by the woman he previously spurned (Lynn Bari). His ghost, unable to rest because Bari's loyal husband (Henry Wilcoxon) is taking the rap for her, returns from the grave to make sure wife Andrea Leeds somehow determines the truth. He's aided along the way by the one man on Earth who can see him and talk to him: a pontificating bible-thumper played by Charley Grapewin. We don't learn what makes Grapewin so special--he doesn't seem to be a Mr. Jordan like angel or a Cedric Hardwicke style Grim Reaper--but his handy King James Bible apparently supplies him with a communication system to the beyond. Baxter spends the film tagging along behind Leeds, nagging her from beyond the grave until she stumbles across the evidence needed to free Wilcoxon and put Bari away. The deceased hubby can than, apparently rest in peace (whatever THAT may entail), as he bids a platitudinous farewell to the annoying Grapewin, who shuffles off stage as Baxter picks up a dead (?) bird, presumably symbolic of something. If you enjoy seeing death infantilized to the nth degree (or simply enjoy Christian mythology), Earthbound is for you.

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