Monday, September 10, 2007

The Canterville Ghost (1944)

I love Margaret O'Brien! Four stars for her!

The goofy old ghost is good. The young American is brash and awkward all at once. We didn't watch from the beginning, but despite that annoying chipper attitude that makes wartime movies almost unbearable during peace, the story is endearing in its own way.

Charles Laughton, who plays the daffy old ghost, played roles like Dr. Moreau in the Island of Lost Souls and Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This must have been a nice break for him - to play a silly old man in funny old clothes and the most ridiculous mustache ever.

Will watch again - good one to watch with kids.

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