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
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Filmed May 25-mid June 1942, released September 18. See more »
A fun comedy with no pretensions. It starts with what appears is going to be some kind of horror movie, but don't be afraid, it has nothing to do with that genre.
When a human skeleton is discovered, it ties to a crime for which an innocent man is going to pay by going to the electric chair. His lawyer takes a last minute approach in helping his client when the governor of the state refuses to give the condemned man a reprieve since all the evidence is against him. The discovery of the mysterious trunk reveals the real clue to the murder and with it, the ghost of the dead man comes back to life.
This 1942 comedy was directed by Malcolm St Clair. It has an interesting cast. Best of all is Raymond Walburn who plays the dead man and his ghost, with such deadpan that is disarming. Also in the cast J. Carroll Naish.
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