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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

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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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(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

Mrs. Polverdine: I believe they call it "woogie boogie".
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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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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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