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The Return of Peter Grimm (1935)

The ghost of a recently deceased family patriarch tries to help his surviving relatives, in part by preventing a marriage that he knows will go wrong.

Directors:

George Nichols Jr., Victor Schertzinger (uncredited)

Writers:

David Belasco (from the play written by), Francis Edward Faragoh (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Peter Grimm
Helen Mack ... Catherine
Edward Ellis ... Dr. Andrew Macpherson
Donald Meek ... Mayor Everett Bartholomew
George P. Breakston ... William Van Dam (as George Breakston)
Allen Vincent ... Frederik
James Bush ... James
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Martha Bartholomew
Lucien Littlefield ... Colonel Tom Lawton
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Circus Clown
Greta Meyer ... Marta
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Storyline

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 duke1029@aol.com

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz do Outro Mundo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Four years later Lionel Barrymore would escort another young man to the afterlife in On Borrowed Time. See more »

Goofs

The sign at the train station says that it is 85 miles from New York, and 25 miles from Albany. But Albany and New York City are around 150 miles apart, not 110. See more »

Quotes

Peter Grimm: [to the dying William] Sleep... sleep. I wish you the pleasantest dreams a little boy can have... in this world.
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Connections

Referenced in The Heavenly Kid (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall the Wedding Breakfast Be?
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Played by a circus calliope and sung by Ray Mayer
Reprised at the end by Lionel Barrymore and George P. Breakston
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VERY Slow Moving Story
10 August 2012 | by SCBRoslynSee all my reviews

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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