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Murder by Invitation (1941)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 30 June 1941 (USA)
The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her ... See full summary »

Director:

Phil Rosen

Writer:

George Bricker (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Ford ... Bob White
Marian Marsh ... Nora O'Brien
Sarah Padden ... Cassandra 'Cassie' Denham
Gavin Gordon ... Garson Denham
George Guhl ... Sheriff William Boggs
Wallis Clark ... Judge Moore
Minerva Urecal ... Maxine Denham
J. Arthur Young J. Arthur Young ... Trowbridge Cadwalader Montrose
Herb Vigran ... Eddie (as Herbert Vigran)
Phillip Trent ... Larry Denham (as Philip Trent)
Dave O'Brien ... Michael
Hazel Keener ... Mary Denham
Isabel La Mal ... Martha Denham (as Isabelle LaMal)
Lee Shumway ... Eric
John James ... Tom Denham
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The relatives of a rich old woman unsuccessfully try to have her declared insane, so they can divide up her money. To show them that there are no hard feelings, she invites them to her estate for the weekend so she can decide to whom she actually will leave her money when she dies. Soon, however, family members begin disappearing. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A DATE...WITH DEATH (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 3 April 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Wednesday 6 April 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Los Angeles Sunday 24 April 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Cincinnati Friday 8 July 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Detroit Friday 22 July 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

At c.25 minutes the photographer, upon entering the crowded room says "All right, everybody, hold it please!" He then proceeds to take a photograph that centres upon an empty armchair, largely ignoring the assembled cast. See more »

Quotes

Garson Denham: [trying to prove Cassandra is mentally incompetent] Will you please explain to the court just why you put vinegar on your apple pies?
Aunt Cassandra Hildegarde Denham: Gladly.
[points to the cook]
Aunt Cassandra Hildegarde Denham: That fat cook of mine makes them too sweet, she's done it for years, she wants to put weight on me.
[the whole court laughs, the cook especially]
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Connections

References The Cat and the Canary (1939) See more »

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Highly recommended
16 May 2020 | by pauldeadmanSee all my reviews

A cracking little film. Lots of laughs and tightly directed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder by Appointment See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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