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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.

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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
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Polverdine
Elisabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Polverdine
Frank Faylen
as Lt. Kane
Lumsden Hare
as Mr. Potts
Mike Mazurki
as Metropolus
Marc Cramer
as Bugsy McDougle
Peter Lawford
as Anthony de Canterville
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Critic Reviews for The Canterville Ghost

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Delicious fantasy with splendid performances by O'Brien, Young, and Laughton.

July 26, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
Top Critic

Oscar Wilde's story, upon being modernized, has become more likeable. [Full review in Spanish]

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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

December 23, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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

November 20, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

MGM comedy-fantasy combined with WWII theme is classic.

August 29, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

Sweet wartime comedy

August 22, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Canterville Ghost

In a great family oriented ghost story the three principals, Charles Laughton, Margaret O'Brien and Robert Young, all uphold their part in this very well-rounded tale like the legs of a three-legged stool. A coward is cursed to unrest for eternity unless a blood kin relative can redeem him. Easy, righr? A justified family classic for good reason.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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