The Ghost Comes Home (1940)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors  |   Release Date - Mar 8, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 79 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Frank Morgan and Billie Burke, who'd previously costarred in MGM's Wizard of Oz, head the cast of the minor but entertaining The Ghost Comes Home. Based on a play by George Kaiser, the story revolves around one Vern Adams (Morgan), who through a series of bizarre circumstances is declared legally dead. Returning home after a two-month absence, Vern discovers that his family has already collected on his life insurance, and are far better off than they were when he was "alive". As a result, Vern hides out in his own attic, awaiting an opportunity to declare his presence without ruining his family's windfall. Billie Burke plays Mrs. Adams, while Ann Rutherford portrays their daughter Billie, whose romance with local boy Lenny Shea (John Shelton) provides an antiseptic subplot to the proceedings.

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death, benefit [event], family, grief, home, homecoming, insurance, loot, luxury, missing-person, presumed-dead, return, widow/widower, wife