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Murder by Invitation (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 30 June 1941 (USA)
The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her ... See full summary »

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Bob White
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Cassandra 'Cassie' Denham
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Garson Denham
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Sheriff William Boggs
Wallis Clark ...
Judge Moore
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Maxine Denham
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Trowbridge Cadwalader Montrose
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Eddie (as Herbert Vigran)
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Larry Denham (as Philip Trent)
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Michael
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Mary Denham
Isabel La Mal ...
Martha Denham (as Isabelle LaMal)
Lee Shumway ...
Eric
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Tom Denham
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The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her estate for the weekend so she can decide to whom she actually will leave her money when she dies. Soon, however, family members begin disappearing. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A DATE...WITH DEATH (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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30 June 1941 (USA)  »

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Murder at Midnight  »

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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 3 April 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Wednesday 6 April 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11) and in Los Angeles Sunday 24 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

At c.25 minutes the photographer, upon entering the crowded room says "All right, everybody, hold it please!" He then proceeds to take a photograph that centres upon an empty armchair, largely ignoring the assembled cast. See more »

Quotes

Bob White: [regarding the invitation's instructions to arrive precisely at midnight] Midnight? Now why should she insist on midnight?
Nora O'Brien: She probably saw "The Cat and the Canary".
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References The Cat and the Canary (1939) See more »

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No Marsh Like a Beauty and the Boss Marsh
4 November 2008 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Perennial second-from-the-left-cop-in-the-station-house, George Guhl, has a featured role, would you believe, in Monogram's 1941 tale, Murder by Invitation, which turns out to be a sort of Mrs Longfellow Deeds Meets the Cat and the Canary. With halfway competent direction and a halfway appropriate budget, this may well have turned out as sleeper of the year. The money is there all right, but Phil Rosen's direction is strictly from hunger. The picture's potential is unrealized. Obviously left largely to their own devices, the players do what they can to salvage the film. Although inclined to over-act, I thought Sarah Padden carried off the main role with a fair amount of conviction, although other reviewers disagree. George Guhl was a big letdown, and I was also disappointed that Marian Marsh was simply just another pretty blonde in this outing and no longer the charismatic charmer of Beauty and the Boss.


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