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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:

Wilhelm Thiele (as William Thiele)

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screen play), Harry Ruskin (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Morgan ... Vern Adams
Billie Burke ... Cora Adams
Ann Rutherford ... Billie Adams
John Shelton ... Lanny Shea
Reginald Owen ... Hemingway
Donald Meek ... Mortimer Hopkins, Sr.
Nat Pendleton ... Roscoe
Frank Albertson ... Ernest
Harold Huber ... Tony
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Ambrose Bundy
Ann Morriss ... Myra
Don Castle ... 'Spig'
Tom Rutherford ... Mortimer Hopkins, Jr.
Renie Riano ... Sarah Osborn
Richard Carle ... John Reed Thomas
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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>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hooray, I'm Alive See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A great amount of footage of Pookey the Parrot had to be removed because he imitated the "Cut!" command of director Wilhelm Thiele and often screamed it in the middle of a scene. See more »

Goofs

The entire premise is wrong. He would have to be missing for 7 years to be proclaimed dead. No insurance company would pay without an investigation and after the death certificate is issued. See more »

Connections

Remake of Hurra! Ich lebe! (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by a band seeing Vern off
Reprised by a band welcoming Vern home
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Amusing Frank Morgan vehicle
29 May 2002 | by PaulCurtSee 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.


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