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Murder by Invitation (1941)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 30 June 1941 (USA)
The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her ... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writer:

George Bricker (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Ford ... Bob White
Marian Marsh ... Nora O'Brien
Sarah Padden ... Cassandra 'Cassie' Denham
Gavin Gordon ... Garson Denham
George Guhl ... Sheriff William Boggs
Wallis Clark ... Judge Moore
Minerva Urecal ... Maxine Denham
J. Arthur Young J. Arthur Young ... Trowbridge Cadwalader Montrose
Herb Vigran ... Eddie (as Herbert Vigran)
Phillip Trent ... Larry Denham (as Philip Trent)
Dave O'Brien ... Michael
Hazel Keener ... Mary Denham
Isabel La Mal ... Martha Denham (as Isabelle LaMal)
Lee Shumway ... Eric
John James ... Tom Denham
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The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her estate for the weekend so she can decide to whom she actually will leave her money when she dies. Soon, however, family members begin disappearing. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A DATE - WITH DEATH! The Time:MIDNIGHT-The Place:COUNTRY HOUSE-Murderer: YOU'LL BE SURPRISED! (original print ad) See more »


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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 3 April 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Wednesday 6 April 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Sunday 24 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Friday 8 July 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Detroit Friday 22 July 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

At c.25 minutes the photographer, upon entering the crowded room says "All right, everybody, hold it please!" He then proceeds to take a photograph that centres upon an empty armchair, largely ignoring the assembled cast. See more »

Quotes

Trowbridge Cadwallader Montrose: Have they found out who the killer is yet, Cassie?
Aunt Cassandra Hildegarde Denham: If they haven't, then my bath water's getting cold for nothing.
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References The Cat and the Canary (1939) See more »

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Watchable, as a comedy
1 December 2010 | by jonfrum2000See all my reviews

This is a comedy using the murder mystery genre as background. The main characters are a bit stiff - especially considering this was made in 1941 - but it's not a bad hour spent. The story revolves around old aunt Cassie, whose odd 'uh-heh' laugh is closer to caricature than character-defining. The newspaper columnist who serves as the detective in this film, is played by Wallace Ford. He and his secretary (?) and photographer play their stereotypical roles no better than the stereotypes you'd expect. The sheriff - presumably from New York somewhere, as that's where the court case was heard - sounds more like an Okie than an upstate New Yorker, and follows his own stereotype of the hayseed lawman, accent included. Of course, he's a buffoon as well, asking the newspaper columnist for advice at every turn.

So we know the flaws. Still, this was a B movie, intended as filler, and that's how we should judge it. There's nothing about it that made me want to hit the stop button - unlike some stinkers - and for fans of 1930s mysteries, it's an acceptable detour into comedy. Not laugh out loud comedy, but light amusement. It's out of copyright, and I found it on a 5 CD collection Mystery and Murder: 25 Crime Classics at my library. So it was worth every penny I paid for it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1941 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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