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The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy | August 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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Cast

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Sergeant Benson
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Lord Canterville
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Big Harry (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Mrs. Umney
Donald Stuart ...
Sir Valentine Williams
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Lieutenant Kane
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Mr. Potts
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Metropolus
William Moss ...
Hector
Bobby Readick ...
Eddie
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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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Comedy | Fantasy

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Release Date:

August 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Gespenst von Canterville  »

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(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television showings in Philadelphia Sunday 4 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) followed by New York City Tuesday 6 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); on the West Coast, it was first telecast in San Francisco 25 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7) followed by Los Angeles 31 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

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

Version of Your Favorite Story: The Canterville Ghost (1953) 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 absolute for all movie lovers!
2 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I'm the first to admit this movie has almost nothing to do with Wilde's original story, but I can't help loving it. Like most versions of the story, this one is adapted for the time it was made in, so this one revolves around war and bravery. When I was eight years old I forced my entire birthday party to watch this movie and every year after they all always wanted to watch it. It's been a long time since I 've had a birthday party like that, but some of those friends have even gone out and bought the movie since then. We all had a little crush on Robert Young in this. Margaret O'Brian is fabulous sneaking around the Ghost's room and doing her bob of a curtsy. And of course Charles Laughton spitting in at the portraits of his cowardly kinsmen. The comedic timing is wonderful and there are great one liners. Best line: "I believe they call it woogie boogie".


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