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The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy | August 1944 (USA)
The descendent of a ghost imprisoned for cowardice hopes to free the spirit by displaying courage when under duress.

Directors:

Jules Dassin, Norman Z. McLeod (uncredited)

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (story "The Canterville Ghost"), Edwin Blum (screenplay) (as Edwin Harvey Blum)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Sir Simon de Canterville / The Ghost
Robert Young ... Cuffy Williams
Margaret O'Brien ... Lady Jessica de Canterville
William Gargan ... Sergeant Benson
Reginald Owen ... Lord Canterville
Rags Ragland ... Big Harry (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Una O'Connor ... Mrs. Umney
Donald Stuart Donald Stuart ... Sir Valentine Williams
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Polverdine
Frank Faylen ... Lieutenant Kane
Lumsden Hare ... Mr. Potts
Mike Mazurki ... Metropolus
William Moss William Moss ... Hector
Bobby Readick 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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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de Canterville See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Young's last film under his contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which had begun in 1931 with The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931). Young would return to MGM several years later for That Forsyte Woman (1949). See more »

Goofs

The Canterville mark on Cuffy's (Robert Young) neck appears and disappears throughout the movie. See more »

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Sir Simon de Canterville: I have roamed these halls for three centuries and I am so tired. If only I could rest...
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Version of Fireside Theatre: The Canterville Ghost (1950) See more »

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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A long time to go without sleep
16 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The ghost of cowardly Sir Simon de Canterville (Charles Laughton) is cursed to haunt an English castle until one of his descendants performs an act of bravery. It's World War II and his current descendant, six year-old Jessica (Margaret O'Brien) has opened the castle up to American soldiers. One of those soldiers (Robert Young) turns out to be a long-lost descendant of de Canterville. Now all he has to do is perform an act of bravery and the ghost will be freed.

Nice family-friendly movie with MGM gloss and quality production. Laughton has a great time and it shows. O'Brien is charming and precocious. Young is solid and likable. A fun movie that should please all but the most miserable among us.


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