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The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Passed  -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  July 1944 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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William Gargan ...
Sergeant Benson
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Rags Ragland ...
Big Harry (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Donald Stuart ...
Sir Valentine Williams
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Polverdine
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Lieutenant Kane
Lumsden Hare ...
Mr. Potts
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Metropolus
William Moss ...
Hector
Bobby Readick ...
Eddie
Marc Cramer ...
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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castle | blood | family honor | duel | 1600s | See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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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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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): David Thursby (Carpenter), Larry Wheat (Doctor) and Billy Bletcher (Window Washer). A contemporary news item listed Ethel Griffies as a cast member, but she was not seen in the movie either. See more »

Goofs

There were no German motorcycle patrols in England during World War II. The only large groups of German troops in England were POW's. A large action like that shown in this film never happened in England. See more »

Quotes

Sir Simon de Canterville: I have roamed these halls for three centuries and I am so tired. If only I could rest...
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Version of Spöket på Canterville (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Bless 'em All
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Additional lyrics by Al Stillman (1941)
Sung a cappella by the soldiers
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An excellent comedy with heart tugging dramatic moments.
19 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review is somewhat biased, as I am an avid Robert Young fan, and have yet to see him in a less than stellar performance. Margaret O'Brien is also splendid, and it is hard to believe so much talent projects out of a six year old girl. Charles Laughton is memorable in his fine delivery of both pathos and comedic skills.

A highlight of the film for me is the music played by the G.I.s. at a local party. Music is classic 40's 8 to the bar, visually punctuated with awesome jitterbugging by the soldiers. A proper female British spectator comments to an incredulous priest, "I believe they call it woogie boogie." It is unknown what what the song title or who the recording artists may have been, however credits list original music for the film as provided by George Bassman.


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