The Canterville Ghost
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"...a pleasant little fantasy, as well as a lighthearted bit of World War II propaganda."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Delicious fantasy with splendid performances by O'Brien, Young, and Laughton."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Its purpose was to foster good will between the UK and the USA."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sweet wartime comedy"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"MGM comedy-fantasy combined with WWII theme is classic."
‑ Steve Crum,
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