The Friendly Ghost
|The Friendly Ghost|
|Directed by||I. Sparber|
|Story by||Story adaptation:
Original book (uncredited):
Voice cast (uncredited):
Mae Questel (Bonnie/Johnny/Bonnie and Johnny's Mother)
Cecil H. Roy (Casper)
Jackson Beck (Landlord)
|Music by||Winston Sharples|
|Animation by||Nick Tafuri
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 16, 1945|
|Followed by||There's Good Boos To-Night (1948)|
Casper is seen reading the book How to Win Friends by Dale Carnegie. Every night at midnight his brothers and sisters scare people, but Casper hates to scare people, so he stays at home instead. Casper decides to make friends with the living. While his family is off scaring people, Casper bids his pet cat goodbye and runs away from home.
The next morning he meets a rooster to whom he says hello but the rooster retreats. Casper next meets a blind mole. At first the mole is happy to befriend him but when he puts on eyeglasses, he sees that Casper is a ghost and keeps on digging his hole. Casper later meets a mouse and cat who resemble Herman and Katnip who flee into the barn upon seeing him. Casper then sees a flock of hens who fly away and splatter eggs on him.
Casper thinks that he made a mistake leaving home, but when he hears a train whistle he decides to kill himself by having the train run over him, apparently forgetting that he is already dead. After the train passes over Casper and he blows away like a piece of paper, he begins crying after remembering that he's a ghost. Casper is approached by two children named Bonnie and Johnny who want to play with him, which makes Casper very happy.
After a game of ball and jump rope, Bonnie and Johnny introduce Casper to their mother, who screams and tells Casper to leave. Casper picks up his sack and is about to go through the door when a landlord opens it. The greedy landlord orders Casper to tell the mother he has come for a mortgage payment, but when he realizes that Casper is a ghost, he chokes on his cigar and runs off in fright, telling Casper to keep the mortgage (because he doesn't want to have a "haunted" house on the market).
Despondent, Casper decides to go home back to his own family. He is about to leave when the mother grabs him with a smile on her face, accepting him for saving her and the children from being forced to move out. The short concludes with the mother seeing Casper (now wearing schoolboy clothes), Bonnie, and Johnny off to school. Casper enjoys the life that he was seeking when he left the other ghosts.
- The Friendly Ghost at the Internet Movie Database
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