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The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Charles Laughton
Director: Jules Dassin Cast: Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
, Robert Young
Robert Young
, Margaret O'Brien
Margaret O'Brien
Jules Dassin

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)



The whimsical Oscar Wilde fantasy yarn The Canterville Ghost is updated to WW2 in this economical but attractively produced MGM filmization. Charles Laughton plays Sir Simon de Canterville, a feckless 17th century British aristocrat who, after proving himself a coward on the field of honor, is walled up alive in his own castle by his unforgiving father (Reginald Owen). Sir Simon's ghost is doomed to haunt the corridors of Canterville Hall until one of his descendants performs a conspicuous act of bravery. 300 years later, the castle is billetted by a platoon of American soldiers-one of whom, Cuffy Williams (Robert Young), is of course a distant relation to Sir Simon. The ghost of Canterville Hall does his best to frighten away the American "intruders," but he's a fairly incompetent spirit, incapable of frightening even the young mistress of the castle, 8-year-old Lady Jessica (Margaret O'Brien). Upon learning of his family legacy, Cuffy begins worrying that he, too, will prove to be a coward when the chips are down, but with the help of the Ghost and the stalwart Lady Jessica, Cuffy is able to summon up his innate courage. Sharp-eyed viewers will spot Peter Lawford in a tiny role as Sir Simon's ill-fated brother, and cult figure Tor Johnson as Simon's fearsome jousting opponent. Though never remade theatrically, The Canterville Ghost resurfaced in TV-movie form 1986 and 1996.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2009
UPC: 0883316225134
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 183

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Laughton Sir Simon de Canterville/The Ghost
Robert Young Cuffy Williams
Margaret O'Brien Lady Jessica de Canterville
William Gargan Sgt. Benson
Peter Lawford Anthony de Canterville
Una O'Connor Mrs. Umney
Reginald Owen Lord Canterville
Marc Cramer Bugsy McDougle
Frank Faylen Lieutenant Kane
Lumsden Hare Mr. Potts
Mike Mazurki Metropolus
William Moss Hector
Rags Ragland Big Harry
Frank Reicher Actor
Elizabeth Risdon Mrs. Polverdine
Donald Stuart Sir Valentine Williams
William Tannen Jordan

Technical Credits
Jules Dassin Director
Oscar Wilde Author
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Chester Schaeffer Editor
Arthur L. Field Producer
George Bassman Score Composer
Edwin Blum Screenwriter

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