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The Ghost Comes Home (1940)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 March 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Cora Adams
Billie Adams
John Shelton ...
Lanny Shea
Mortimer Hopkins, Sr.
Harold Huber ...
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Ambrose Bundy
Ann Morriss ...
Don Castle ...
Tom Rutherford ...
Mortimer Hopkins, Jr.
Renie Riano ...
Sarah Osborn
Richard Carle ...
John Reed Thomas


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 <>

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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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The Old Oaken Bucket
Sung a cappella by Hobart Cavanaugh
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Terrible movie--but hey, it's got the Wizard AND Glinda the Good Witch!
24 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

There's not a ghost to be had in this flimsy comedy about a hen-pecked husband returning home to his family after failing to board a cruise-ship which eventually sunk. Much to his embarrassment, the family, thinking he was dead, already cashed in on his insurance policy. Inept slapstick does reunite Frank Morgan with Billie Burke one year after "The Wizard of Oz", and Morgan in particular manages a very natural, sweet performance--but his efforts are wasted on such foolish material. Poorly-directed, poorly-produced movie is full of stupid supporting characters and surprisingly cruel jokes. Not even The Wizard himself could give this one a home... * from ****

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