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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 »

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Phil Rosen

Writer:

George Bricker (original screenplay)
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Cast

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 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 Isabel La Mal ... Martha Denham (as Isabelle LaMal)
Lee Shumway ... Eric
John James ... Tom Denham
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder by Appointment See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

Bob White: Aunt Cassie couldn't be the killer, because she's not strong enough to lug around a couple of grown men like a set of Indian clubs.
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References The Cat and the Canary (1939) See more »

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She Is, Indeed, Nuts!
3 September 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a formula piece. It's been done a hundred times. The greed of the relatives causes them to try to get the old lady committed. Their motives are so obvious that any chance they had goes down the tube within minutes. Now they're in over their heads and have to use their resources to survive. Meanwhile, the red herrings start swimming upstream. I should have hated it, but the crazy overacting and general being of the film are rather pleasant in a maniacal sort of way. The conclusion is satisfying and justice is done. The one drawback is that the bad guys are so pathetic and incompetent that they don't pose much of a threat.


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