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The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy | July 1944 (USA)
In the 1600s, cowardly Sir Simon of Canterville flees a duel and seeks solace in the family castle. His ashamed father seals him in the room where he is hiding and dooms him to life as a ... See full summary »

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, (uncredited)

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(story "The Canterville Ghost"), (screenplay) (as Edwin Harvey Blum)
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Sergeant Benson
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Big Harry (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Sir Valentine Williams
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Mrs. Polverdine
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Lieutenant Kane
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Mr. Potts
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Metropolus
William Moss ...
Hector
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Eddie
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Bugsy McDougle
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In the 1600s, cowardly Sir Simon of Canterville flees a duel and seeks solace in the family castle. His ashamed father seals him in the room where he is hiding and dooms him to life as a ghost until one of his descendants performs a brave deed. Simon believes he may be saved when he meets Cuffy Williams, an American kinsman stationed with a troop of soldiers at the castle in 1943. Will this blood relative save the family honor, or will his blood be as yellow as the rest of the Cantervilles? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Passed | See all certifications »
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July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Gespenst von Canterville  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After 38 days of shooting, director Jules Dassin replaced Norman Z. McLeod. Although a news item stated it was due to a "difference of opinion," many believe it was done on the insistence of Charles Laughton. At the same time, William H. Daniels replaced Robert Planck as director of photography. See more »

Goofs

The Canterville mark on Cuffy's (Robert Young) neck appears and disappears throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Sir Simon de Canterville: Excuse me, I really must gibber at the oriole window.
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Connections

Version of Mystery and Imagination: The Canterville Ghost (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Gertie from Bizerte
(1943) (uncredited)
Written by James Cavanaugh, Walter Kent and Robert C. Haring
Sung a cappella by the soldiers
Reprised a cappella by Charles Laughton and Robert Young
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Excellent Family Film
7 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While there are few movies that I wholeheartedly endorse, this is definitely one of them. It has been a favorite since I was a child and it still is. It was a patriotic film in World War II to get our minds off of the horrors in Europe. Charles Laughton gives a superb performance as a 300+ year old ghost. It is very out of character for such a great dramatic actor, but slides into his comedic role effortlessly and flawlessly. The comedy duo of Charles Laughton and Robert Young in this film will never rank as high as Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy or even Hope and Crosby, but I see it as a brilliant discovery of comedy "chemistry". Had Hollywood developed this comedy team, I think we would see some Oscars from their efforts. This movie has a great plot, good character development, and fresh, clean comedy. This is a must for Margaret O'Brian fans. This is clearly her second best film (her best was "Meet Me in St. Louis"). If you are looking for space ships and aliens, you won't find any here. It's just great family entertainment.


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