The Ghost and the Guest (1943) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ghost and the Guest (1943)





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On their honeymoon at a place in the country, this is an amusing comedy in which James Dunn and Florence Rice race through hidden passages and secret panels trying to stay a step ahead of gangsters who had been using the house as a hideaway. Fun script was penned by Morey Amsterdam.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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James Dunn
as Webster Frye
Florence Rice
as Jacqueline 'Jackie' DeLong / Frye
Mabel Todd
as Little Sister Mabel
Robert Dudley
as Ben Bowron
Sam McDaniel
as Harmony Jones
Eddy Chandler
as Herbie
Jim Toney
as Police Chief
Robert Bice
as Smoothie Lewis
Tony Ward
as Killer Blake
Eddie Foster
as Harold
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A honeymooning couple (Gunn and Rice) travel to a country farmhouse together with their driver/manservant (McDaniel). Here, what was to be a quiet honeymoon turns into wild craziness when a coffin is delivered to the house... a coffin from within which the corpse vanishes! "The Ghost and the Guest" is a screwball comedy crossed with a mystery movie. Despite some excellent comedic acting by the three leads (Gunn, Florence, and McDaniel) and passable performances by the rest, the film never quite gels as a comedy or a mystery. It never manages to rise beyond a point just below mediocre. It's not for lack of jokes and action and energy that the film doesn't amount to much. From the moment Gunn and McDaniel appear on screen, the film is a steady stream of patter and gags, and the characters are constantly in some sort of motion or turmoil. Unfortunately, all the activity on screen is undirected; it is chaos that never builds to a crecendo, but remains at the same steady, swirling din trhoughout the film, with situations coming and going with barely a sense of connection between them. James Gunn (who comes across like a low-rent Jack Benny) and Sam McDaniel (who plays a particularly sharp-tongued black servant for a movie of that day and age) are both excellent in this film, and their performances make it almost worth your time to sit through this movie. McDaniel in particular is fun to watch. (By the way, if you decide to see this movie, be careful who might be around. With all the hysteria currently in the air about nooses, you might find yourself accused of committing a hate crime or attempting to intimidate more sensitive neighbors or flatmates. There is a particularly annoying character, a retired hangman, who wants to test his nooses on the visitors to the country house, including the black driver. So... watch out where you watch this film, or you may find Al Sharpton picketing your house!) The Ghost and the Guest Starring: James Gunn, Florence Rice, Sam McDaniel, Robert Dudley, Robert Bice, Jim Toney, and Anthony Warde Director: William Nigh

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

A newlywed couple receive a house for their wedding gift. When they arrive, they find the coffin of the former owner, who happened to be a criminal. When the criminal's family comes to claim his body, they find the coffin empty. The retired hangman (who follows around a Black chauffeur with a noose) and the police along with rest of the people try to unravel the mystery. Worth a watch for anyone who likes comedy/mystery with horror elements.


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