6.3/10
96
6 user

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 »

Director:

(as William Thiele)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hullabaloo (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A movie musical centered on merrily befogged Merriweather's attempt to restore his career - all while reuniting with his three children (from his three alimony-seeking ex-wives!).

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Frank Morgan, Virginia Grey, Dan Dailey
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A real estate agent and his wife try to advise their eldest daughter about marriage.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, John Shelton
Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Man returns from heaven to make up for financial errors he made that caused harm to his family.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Frank Morgan, Keenan Wynn, Cecil Kellaway
Dulcy (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A dizzy young woman aranges to turn her inventor-boyfriend's vacation into a chance meeting with a possible investor who happens to be her brother's future father-in-law. And Wacky stuff happens.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Ann Sothern, Ian Hunter, Roland Young
Comedy | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A fun-loving young woman finds herself murdered after trading bedrooms with her wealthy friend. Her ghost seeks aid from a banker to find out why and by whom.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Joan Blondell, Roland Young, Carole Landis
Bridal Suite (1939)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An American playboy dumps his greedy finace and ends up marrying a woman from the alps.

Director: Wilhelm Thiele
Stars: Annabella, Robert Young, Walter Connolly
Lady Luck (1946)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman marries a gambler with the hopes of reforming him, but things don't quite work out the way she planned.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Robert Young, Barbara Hale, Frank Morgan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Margaret Drew runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert B. Sinclair
Stars: Charles Coburn, Beulah Bondi, Virginia Grey
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Count Armalia believes that the luck of birth is all that separates the rich from the poor. To test his theory, he sends Anni, who is a singer in a dive, to a ritzy resort for two weeks. ... See full summary »

Director: Dorothy Arzner
Stars: Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Robert Young
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Anita Halstead, swept off her feet by magician Arturo, finds the results less than magical.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Loretta Young, David Niven, Hugh Herbert
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Cora Adams
...
Billie Adams
...
Lanny Shea
...
Hemingway
...
Mortimer Hopkins, Sr.
...
Roscoe
...
Ernest
...
Tony
...
Ambrose Bundy
Ann Morriss ...
Myra
...
'Spig'
Tom Rutherford ...
Mortimer Hopkins, Jr.
...
Sarah Osborn
...
John Reed Thomas
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El caballero de ultratumba  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Wednesday 31 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Friday 30 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it was first aired in San Francisco 13 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City Saturday 31 October 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Connections

Version of Der mutige Seefahrer (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?