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The Man in the Trunk (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 18 September 1942 (USA)
The ghost of a murdered man returns to Earth to help a young couple find his killer.



(original screenplay) (as John Larkin)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Holmes ...
Jim Cheevers
Reginald DeWinters
Dorothy Peterson ...
Lola DeWinters
Eily Malyon ...
Abbie Addison
Arthur Loft ...
Sam Kohler
Milton Parsons ...
Doctor Pluma
Matt McHugh ...
Detective Murtha
Charles Cane ...
Police Lieut. Braley
Theodore Swann
Yvonne Duvalle
Joe -Clown with Yvonne
Ed Mygatt
Tim Ryan ...


The discovery of a skeleton in a swamp enables the district attorney to convict petty-crook Ed Mygatt (Douglas Fowley)of the ten-year-old murder of Jim Cheevers (Raymond Walburn). Dick Burke (George Holmes), Mygatt's lawyer, tries to uncover new evidence in an effort to prove Mygatt's innocence. At an auction, he is outbid for Cheever's trunk by Peggy LaRue (Lynne Roberts, a dancer. Dick follows her home, and when the trunk is opened, a skeleton and a hat with the murdered man's initials are discovered. But the police ignore the evidence, claiming it is a publicity stunt for Peggy. But, suddenly, from the trunk emerges Cheever's ghost, a gay old fellow, who can't be seen or heard but he uses his wits to communicate with the outside world. This changes the whole ball game. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S THE SPOOKIEST, SPOOFIEST MYSTERY OF THE YEAR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Crime


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18 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma del baúl  »

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Filmed May 25-mid June 1942, released September 18. See more »

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ranks with the best of the old J Arthur Rank films-hilarious
14 August 1999 | by (So.Windsor,Connescticut,USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was 8 years old, and it still brings tears of laughter to my eyes. It ranks up there with such films as The Man in the White Suit, The Lavender Hill Mob and Arsenic and Old Lace. It is a little-remembered classic!

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