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Cantakerous, opinionated Peter Grimm is a seventh generation member of a Dutch immigrant family that founded a family flower farm two centuries earlier. Realizing he has a bad heart, Grimm extracts promises and concessions from those he expects will survive him and draws up his will appropriately. He extracts a promise from his beloved foster daughter Catherine that she will marry his newly-arrived nephew Frederik although she loves James, a hired hand on the farm. Grimm's hopes that the farm will remain in the family are given a blow when the mercenary Frederik announces his intentions to sell the entire operation to a hated Grimm rival When Grimm returns as a spirit he discovers a terrible situation of his own creation. His "friends" are dissatisfied with their bequests, young William's health is failing, and Catherine seems headed for an unhappy marriage. Through the dying William and his old friend and confidante, Dr. Macpherson, Grimm's spirit tries to reverse the harm he's done.Written by
This movie was recently on "Turner Movie Classics." Seeing the cable guide write-up and the fact that Lionel Barrymore was the headliner had me looking forward to this film, but I was really disappointed.
I have to admit, of a listed 83-minute film, I finally snapped it off with about 45 minutes to go. I'm all for setting the scene, developing characters, etc., but enough was enough. There were a couple of chuckles in the part I saw leading up to the death of the character Peter Grimm and I knew it would probably get funnier with the appearance of his ghost, but I just gave up. I got to roughly 5 minutes after his death and that was it.
The entire first half was tedious character/storyline development which was WAY too much! They could've accomplished everything they wanted to do in about 15 minutes and then spent the roughly 70 remaining minutes on the humor, fantasy, and fun.
Perhaps someday I'll sit down and watch the rest of this movie, but, for what it's worth, I didn't care too much for what I saw.
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