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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 overview, first billed only:
Wallace Ford ...
Marian Marsh ...
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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SO EXCITING! SO DIFFERENT! IT WILL KEEP YOU GUESSING! (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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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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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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