The Canterville Ghost (1944)




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During World War II, a group of American soldiers lodge themselves in an English castle, where they encounter a 300-year-old ghost who died of cowardice. The ghost proves to be distantly related to one of the soldiers, who fears meeting a similar fate in this fantasy.
Classics , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Warner Home Video


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

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...the movie is so lightweight, it might be airier than the ghost.

Full Review… | December 23, 2009
Movie Metropolis

...a pleasant little fantasy, as well as a lighthearted bit of World War II propaganda.

Full Review… | December 23, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Its purpose was to foster good will between the UK and the USA.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Canterville Ghost

Centuries ago an English king, embarassed by the cowardice of his son, has that son walled up in his castle. (The son was supposed to fight Tor Johnson of Plan 9 and A&C in the Foreign Legion fame.) Because of a curse placed on him, the son is doomed to haunt the castle for eternity. Flash-forward to WWII-era Britain. A group of US Army Rangers is staying at the castle, which is now owned by the 6 yo decendant of the king. One of the Rangers happens to also be decendent and with 6 yo they learn why the ghost is stuck here. To remedy the situation, a decendant must commit and act of bravery to appease the long-dead king. A decent horror-comedy which is a bit too sappy and the ghost was a real fem.


Enjoyed this flick pretty well, Laughton is flawless like usual he is great with delivery. Also Robert Young was solid as well Margaret O'Brien who at 7 years old gave a wonderful performance, one of the better child actors I have seen in that era for sure. The effects were also well done, very understated and simple but worked well.

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Josh Hitch

I love this movie. Margaret O'Brien is so adorable in it. She's got to be one the best child actors that there has ever been.

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