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The Ghost and the Guest (1943)

A newlywed couple winds up spending their honeymoon night in an old, dark, spooky mansion.

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Webster Frye
Florence Rice ...
Jacqueline 'Jackie' DeLong / Frye
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Ben Bowron
Mabel Todd ...
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Harmony Jones
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Eddie Foster ...
Henchman Harold
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A newlywed couple winds up spending their honeymoon night in an old, dark, spooky mansion.

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19 April 1943 (USA)  »

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Lo spettro in viaggio di nozze  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Thursday 18 November 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Featured in That's Black Entertainment: Comedians (2002) See more »

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Harmless Fun
3 April 2003 | by (Godzilla Manor) – See all my reviews

Even though listed (when you can find it) in reference books as a "horror/comedy", the shiver quotient is woefully absent. This is essentially a screwball comedy with a highly capable cast, in the typical "scare-the-newlyweds-out-of-the-abandoned-house-to-get-the-treasure" movie mold.

Though dated by today's standards, most of the witty dialog (supplied by Dick Van Dyke's "Buddy Sorrell" Morey Amsterdam)brings a smile, with nary a straight man present. Florence Rice as bride Jackie seems to have a character that prefigures Lucy Ricardo, and husband Webster (James Dunn) attacks the role like Jack Haley. Chauffeur Harmony Jones (played by Sam McDaniel)seems the only sensible one in the bunch, wanting to return to New York where the only people wandering the streets are alive!

The pace is quick, with nary a moment to think of the ludicrous plot machinations (a police chief who has time on duty to write pulp fiction) and illogic (the newlyweds move into the wrong house which is not questioned until the end of the movie). A bit of macabre humor is added with the inclusion of a retired county executioner who constantly wants Harmony to try on a noose for size ("You have the perfect neck for hangin'!"); the racial subtext is not lost on the modern audience.

In all, a harmless and painless way to spend an hour.


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