THE GHOST GOES WILD (1947)
Article 2340 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-22-2007
Posting Date: 1-8-2007
Directed by George Blair
Featuring James Ellison, Anne Gwynne, Edward Everett Horton
An artist, threatened by a lawsuit and a jealous husband, hides from the world. When the cabin where he was staying burns down with a thief inside, he is believed dead. When he returns to his home at a farm on Haunted Hill, everyone thinks he is a ghost. He decides to use his status to end the lawsuit and drive off the jealous husband,
Well, the ghost doesn’t go too wild here; this comedy is only mildly amusing, though Edward Everett Horton is fun as always as the artist’s butler. At least a real ghost shows up at a couple of points in the proceedings; the above plot description certainly makes it sound as if there is no real ghost here. Ruth Donnelly is quite fun as the dowager who sues over a caricature she sat for, and you’ll probably recognize Charles Halton as her attorney. I’ll also give it a few points for being one of the only movies I’ve seen that has a character named Murgatroyd.