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The Ghost Comes Home (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 March 1940 (USA)
Mild mannered Vern runs a pet store that seems to gather more pets than he sells. One day he receives a telephone call from John 'old fishface' Thomas in Australia. He wants to leave a ... See full summary »

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(as William Thiele)

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(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cora Adams
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Billie Adams
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Lanny Shea
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Hemingway
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Mortimer Hopkins, Sr.
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Roscoe
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Ernest
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Tony
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Ambrose Bundy
Ann Morriss ...
Myra
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'Spig'
Tom Rutherford ...
Mortimer Hopkins, Jr.
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Sarah Osborn
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John Reed Thomas
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Mild mannered Vern runs a pet store that seems to gather more pets than he sells. One day he receives a telephone call from John 'old fishface' Thomas in Australia. He wants to leave a considerable amount to the town and Vern is to come down and help him decide where it should go. Vern goes to the Inter Pacific Steam Lines to catch the ship and with hours until sailing, heads to a nightclub to hear his favorite band. Vern winds up doing 60 days in jail. When he gets out, he goes home to find that the 'Mariluna' had sunk with all hands and that the family has already spent the travel insurance money. So Vern hides out to keep everyone from going to jail for fraud. But mild mannered Vern soon becomes a tiger and he and Lanny need to figure a way out of his predicament. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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8 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El caballero de ultratumba  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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No information about the original play, "Der Mutige Seefahrer", has been found. The English language version, called "The Courageous Seaman" had no Broadway run. See more »

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Version of Der mutige Seefahrer (1935) See more »

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Moonlight Bay
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Played by the nightclub band and sung by Frank Morgan, Ann Morriss and Suzanne Kaaren
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Amusing Frank Morgan vehicle
29 May 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This fairly standard piece of situation comedy would be most appealing to fans of Frank Morgan, who is charming in his role. There is a curious appeal in seeing The Wizard of Oz married to Glinda the Good Witch, but unfortunately Billie Burke is in only a few scenes.

The script has some funny lines, and I'd be intrigued to find out how much of the dialogue was contributed by screenwriter Richard Maibaum, who wrote a lot of the James Bond movies.

Geez, this comment sounds much more lukewarm than I actually feel about the movie. Morgan is delightful and I enjoyed the time I spent watching the film...to about the same degree that I'd enjoy three good TV sitcoms.


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