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The Canterville Ghost

A group of GIs stationed in England set up camp in an old castle; it is haunted by the ghost of a nobleman who was killed 300 years ago for being a coward. Oscar Wildeā€™s story has been updated to WWII; the filmmakers aimed to amuse family audiences rather than fans of the original tale. Young Margaret Oā€™Brien brings the sugar as the little Lady; Charles Laughton couldnā€™t scare anyone as the ghost, but heā€™s fairly amusing. The American GIs are a fun-loving bunch who get to fight Nazis in the end; still, this is a bit too silly and tame to become a classic.

1944-U.S. 96 min. B/W. Directed byĀ Jules Dassin. Short Story: Oscar Wilde. Cast: Charles Laughton (Sir Simon de Canterville), Robert Young (Cuffy Williams), Margaret Oā€™Brien (Lady Jessica de Canterville), William Gargan, Reginald Owen, ā€œRagsā€ Ragland… Una Oā€™Connor, Peter Lawford.

Trivia:Ā Dassin replaced Norman Z. McLeod as director.



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