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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Canterville Ghost
('Oscar Wilde classic')
Plot:
In this classic tale by Oscar Wilde, a spirit repeatedly attempts to drive away the new owners of his castle and instead, becomes a source of hilarity and amusement.
Episode:
0118
Air Dates:
First Run - July 15, 1974
Repeat - September 21, 1974
Repeat - April 8, 1979
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6 Responses to Episode 0118


Humorous episodes often fall flat on CBSRMT, but in this case the Oscar Wilde story works well, over-acting and all. The Canterville Ghost saying "Huh?" at one point is a good example. Nice mix of gruesomeness and poking fun at the genre.

Then there's Act 3! Worth the wait - and includes the hauntingly pretty "whistling" music about 5 minutes in.

It must be frustrating to be a ghost when people aren't really scared of ghosts anymore. I enjoyed this one. Comedy ghost story.

A ghost tries very hard to scare the residents of an ancient castle and instead irritates and amuses them. I loved the story as a child, but didn't think much of this adaptation.

A wealthy cantankerous American entrepreneur purchases an English castle and has the entire estate moved and recreated brick by brick to the States. The agreement with the previous owner, the love interest of the man’s daughter, was to keep everything as it was in England, including the grounds, the ghosts, and the blood stain – something the purchaser didn’t count on, and will not stand for. When he cleans up the blood stain, the ghost appears to state his objection. The man does not back down and gets quite belligerent with the ghost. What ensues is a battle of wills between the man and the ghost, with the tender and understanding of the daughter.

Corniness at its best. "The Canterbarry Ghost" was Mystery Theater's attempt at recreating an Oscar Wilde classic. It was satirically done with bursts of humor. It was also a romance. Great job!

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