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Murder by Invitation (1941)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  30 June 1941 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Ford ...
Bob White
Marian Marsh ...
Nora O'Brien
Sarah Padden ...
Aunt Cassandra ('Cassie') Hildegarde Denham
Gavin Gordon ...
Garson Denham
George Guhl ...
Sheriff William Boggs
Wallis Clark ...
Judge Moore
Minerva Urecal ...
Maxine Denham
J. Arthur Young ...
Trowbridge Cadwallader Montrose
Herb Vigran ...
Eddie (as Herbert Vigran)
Phillip Trent ...
Larry Denham (as Philip Trent)
Dave O'Brien ...
Michael, the Chauffeur
Hazel Keener ...
Mary Denham
Isabel La Mal ...
Martha Denham (as Isabelle LaMal)
Lee Shumway ...
Eric, the Gardener
John James ...
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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Murders occur with clocklike regularity...clues are stolen...bodies disappear...while seven frightened people hunt the hidden fortune of a vengeful woman! 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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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 »

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Trowbridge Cadwallader Montrose: Have they found out who the killer is yet, Cassie?
Aunt Cassandra Hildegarde Denham: If they haven't, then my bath water's getting cold for nothing.
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References The Cat and the Canary (1939) See more »

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Zany film that works in spite of itself!
10 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Talk about screwy films! "Murder By Invitation" almost takes first place! A daffy old lady, Aunt Cassie (a terrible performance by Sarah Padden who seems to be reading her lines off of cue cards) invites her greedy relatives to her country estate for the weekend and murders start to pop up all over the place. A reporter (Wallace Ford) and his secretary (Marian Marsh) arrive at the estate to get the scoop. Minerva Urecal (whom I usually like) overacts here as one of Aunt Cassie's relations. J. Arthur Young is totally offbeat as Trownbridge Montrose (Aunt Cassie's neighbor). Dave O'Brien is good, as usual, though as the estate's chauffeur. Zany dialog is almost unbelievable at times and Ford (although likable) is too old to be pretty Marsh's sweetheart boss. In spite of itself, "Murder By Invitation" is a film that works, although I don't quite know how!


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