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The Canterville Ghost (1974)

The poor ghost of Sir Simon Canterville has been roaming his castle searching in vain for a brave descendant who will release him from the Canterville curse by performing a brave deed. An ... See full summary »

Director:

Robin Miller

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (story), Robin Miller (adapted by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Isla Blair ... Lady Stutfield
Maurice Evans ... Lord Canterville
James Whitmore ... Hyram B. Otis
Audra Lindley ... Mrs. Otis
Lynne Frederick ... Virginia Otis
Robert Doran Robert Doran ... Jefferson 'Stars' Otis (as Bobby Doran)
Christopher Morris Christopher Morris ... Lincoln 'Stripes' Otis
Flora Robson ... Mrs. Umney
David Niven ... The Ghost - Sir Simon de Canterville
Nicholas Jones ... Charles, Duke of Cheshire
Elizabeth Tyrrell Elizabeth Tyrrell ... Lady Canterville
Ronald Russell Ronald Russell ... Rector
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The poor ghost of Sir Simon Canterville has been roaming his castle searching in vain for a brave descendant who will release him from the Canterville curse by performing a brave deed. An American family moves in and finds the ghost amusing, but a young girl in the family can release him - if she dares.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gespenst von Canterville See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David Niven and Lynne Frederick became close friends after working together on this film. See more »

Goofs

When Virginia returns from the Garden of Death. After lighting strikes and right before Virginia walks into the frame, the boom mic can be briefly seen moving at the top right of frame as it moves out of the shot. See more »

Connections

Version of Duch z Canterville (1968) See more »

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Beautiful story
28 September 2007 | by CountVladDraculaSee all my reviews

This is a classic story in true Oscar Wilde wit and flair. It's both haunting and funny. It's a fairy tale for all ages. In this story a young American girl helps to free the tormented spirit that haunts an old English castle. It's very well written and a beautiful tale for all ages. It's too bad this wasn't the best adaptation.

The best adaptation of The Canterville ghost, in my opinion, has to be the version with Patrick Stewart as the ghost, it was made for television in 1996. Though set in the 1990s it's very true to the book. The worst adaptation of the Canterville ghost, in my opinion, is the version set in 1944. It had been turned into blatant war propaganda and was almost unrecognizable, it's plot having nearly nothing at all to do with the original story by Oscar Wilde, which is a true classic.


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