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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 18, 1945 with Charles Laughton and Margaret O'Brien reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

All through the movie, the ghost walks through walls, doors, etc. One of the soldiers ties a string to his toe and runs the other end to the stairway to alert him when the ghost is moving about the castle. See more »

Quotes

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

Spoofed in The Ghost Busters: The Canterville Ghost (1975) 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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Amusing, Family-Friendly, And Lots of Charm
24 April 2005 | by (Biloxi, Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Very, very loosely based on a short story by Oscar Wilde--so loosely that he is probably turning in his grave--THE CANTERVILLE GHOST is a charming bit of 1940s Hollywood fluff about an English ghost who runs afoul of American pragmatism. In the film version, the Americans arrive in the form of WWII soldiers, including Robert Young, who are billeted at a notoriously haunted castle where they encounter a legendary spectre much given to theatrical materializations.

Although the story is very, very slight, the cast makes it enjoyable. Child star Margaret O'Brien gives a typically enjoyable performance as the unwilling heiress to the castle, and Robert Young and his fellow actors mug their way through the script with entertaining aplomb. The greatest pleasure, however, is Charles Laughton as the ghost, which he plays most delightfully. The emphasis is on comedy rather than ghostly thrills, and although the comedy is quite mild it is expertly done. THE CANTERVILLE GHOST will never make any one's short list of "great cinematic art," but both grown-ups and kids alike will have a good time with it; recommended for an old fashioned family night.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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