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Earthbound(1940)

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This film was the last made by Warner Baxter at Twentieth Century-Fox after twelve years with that studio. A 1935 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that William Seiter was orginally set to direct this film. The film was then planned as a 1937 production, starring Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy, with Gregory Ratoff directing, only to be postponed due to its similar theme to Hal Roach's 1937 production Topper. According the film's pressbook, a new camera lens was developed at Twentieth Century-Fox especially for this film. The lens used a prism which allowed "photographs to be made simultaneously in two directions and at the same time permitted complete mobility of the camera." According to a Twentieth Century-Fox press release, the set of this film was kept closed to all visitors to keep secret the process of photographing the "ghosts." Press releases also report that Lynn Bari was later cast in the film Kit Carson produced by Edward Small, because of her work in this film. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Nick DeMaggio as a film editor, however, Louis Loeffler is credited on the film. King's story was first filmed by Goldwyn Pictures Corp. in 1920, starring Wyndham Standing and directed by T. Hayes Hunters (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20, F1. 1135).