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The Canterville Ghost (1996)
A travesty of a teleplay -- sends the wrong message.
Anyone who gives this movie more than 2 stars or who extols its virtues obviously hasn't read the original from the incomparable Oscar Wilde. Almost all of the heart of the story was taken out of this script. It's really sacrilegious. The only good lines were Patrick Stewart's, since they weren't tampered with by this movie's so-called teleplay writer. Even Virginia's young boyfriend's name was inexplicably changed from Cecil to Francis, her brothers were no longer twins, and the older brother just disappeared. Mrs. Umney was suddenly given a husband, and they were the only servants in this huge castle. Yeah, right! The most awful change, however, was the abusive father. I was so glad when at the end the mother finally stood up to him and told him how awful he's been to his sweet daughter, but she had allowed it to go on throughout the whole film -- it's just unforgivable! I'm sure Mr. Wilde is doing flips in his grave. A travesty!
Ward Cleaver has lice?
This is a really cute episode of Leave it to Beaver where the Beav catches Chicken Pox and his pigeons catch lice from his friend Larry's infected birds (or so they think). They're in the Pigeon Club with Whitey. June doesn't let Ward go near his sick son, since he doesn't remember ever having anything with spots before, but he keeps complaining of itching. When June insists it's all in his imagination, he says his imagination has been itching in several places. After The Beaver's pigeons get mauled by a neighbor's cat, Wally (who was supposed to be watching them) apologizes to his brother through the closed bedroom door and sweetly sits outside of it in the hall while the Beaver struggles not to cry, because the doctor told him that rubbing his eyes would cause his spots to spread. Larry and Whitey hold a funeral for the pigeons and bury them outside The Beaver's house while he watches solemnly from the window. Ward and June realize that the kids' way of handling grief and loss is very healthy and touching. After The Beaver refuses his father's offer to buy him more pigeons for a while, Wally wonders what they're going to do with all that lice spray. As Ward hopes someday they'll get an eagle with lice, he walks away still scratching his neck and back while Wally stares at his dad wondering what's wrong. Though no one says it, I think Ward was the source of the lice!! Ewww!