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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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Aunt Cassie
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Garson Denham
George Guhl ...
Sheriff Boggs
Wallis Clark ...
Judge Moore
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Maxine Denham
J. Arthur Young ...
Trowbridge Montrose
Herb Vigran ...
Eddie (as Herbert Vigran)
Phillip Trent ...
Larry Denham (as Philip Trent)
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Michael
Hazel Keener ...
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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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 »

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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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Aunt Cassandra Hildegarde Denham: Trowbridge Montrose, what were you doing snooping around outside my window at 1 o' clock in the morning?
Trowbridge Cadwallader Montrose: I was walking through my garden, I always walk through my garden at 1 o' clock in the morning.
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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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