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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 »

Company Credits

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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

After 38 days of shooting, director Jules Dassin replaced Norman Z. McLeod. Although a news item stated it was due to a "difference of opinion," many believe it was done on the insistence of Charles Laughton. At the same time, William H. Daniels replaced Robert Planck as director of photography. See more »

Goofs

The ghost when more corporeal (not transparent) casts a shadow in several scenes. See more »

Quotes

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

Version of The Canterville Ghost (1964) 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 excellent comedy with heart tugging dramatic moments.
19 July 2005 | by timewingSee all my reviews

This review is somewhat biased, as I am an avid Robert Young fan, and have yet to see him in a less than stellar performance. Margaret O'Brien is also splendid, and it is hard to believe so much talent projects out of a six year old girl. Charles Laughton is memorable in his fine delivery of both pathos and comedic skills.

A highlight of the film for me is the music played by the G.I.s. at a local party. Music is classic 40's 8 to the bar, visually punctuated with awesome jitterbugging by the soldiers. A proper female British spectator comments to an incredulous priest, "I believe they call it woogie boogie." It is unknown what what the song title or who the recording artists may have been, however credits list original music for the film as provided by George Bassman.


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