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Director:
Writers:
Walter DeLeon (screenplay) and
Lynn Starling (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 November 1939 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A CHILL-AND-CHUCKLE CHASE!...A FORTUNE AT STAKE AND A MONSTER AT LARGE! (original ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(3 articles)
When Comedy Meets Horror (part one)
 (From SoundOnSight. 25 October 2012, 10:45 AM, PDT)

Paulette Goddard on TCM: Modern Times, Reap The Wild Wind
 (From Alt Film Guide. 2 August 2011, 3:50 PM, PDT)

Bob Hope Thanks for the Memories Collection DVD Review
 (From Collider.com. 25 June 2010, 6:12 AM, PDT)

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Comedy and mystery in one fun filled package. See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bob Hope ... Wally Campbell

Paulette Goddard ... Joyce Norman

John Beal ... Fred Blythe

Douglass Montgomery ... Charlie Wilder

Gale Sondergaard ... Miss Lu

Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Susan

Nydia Westman ... Cicily

George Zucco ... Lawyer Crosby

John Wray ... Hendricks

George Regas ... Indian Guide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Abbey ... 'The Cat' (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Photographer (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Reporter (uncredited)

Frank Melton ... Reporter (uncredited)

Nick Thompson ... Indian Guide (uncredited)

Chief Thundercloud ... Indian Guide (uncredited)

Directed by
Elliott Nugent 
 
Writing credits
Walter DeLeon (screenplay) and
Lynn Starling (screenplay)

John Willard (based on the stage play by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ernst Toch  (as Dr. Ernst Toch)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang 
 
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Usher 
 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Sound Department
Richard Olson .... sound recordist
Philip Wisdom .... sound recordist
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Andrea Setaro .... musical advisor
 

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72 min
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Paulette Goddard did not actually come on board this project until more than three months after Paramount had announced their intention to remake the 1927 film. Successively preceding Goddard as the film's prospective leading lady had been two of Bob Hope's recent co-stars, Martha Raye and Shirley Ross, respectively. Though the reasoning behind Raye's replacement by Ross was never made public, the rationale for Paramount's final choice is no great mystery. A bigger star than either Ross or Raye, Goddard was snapped up by Paramount once she became available, owing to preproduction snafus with Charles Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the heirs heading to the house in a boat point out a swimming alligator, protective tape is visibly wrapped around its mouth..See more »
Quotes:
Fred Blythe:I could use a drink.
Wally Campbell:Yeah, I could too. Might as well be a live stiff as a dead stiff.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Murder by Invitation (1941)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Comedy and mystery in one fun filled package., 25 June 2002
Author: despim from Trieste, Italy

By far the best version of this fun mystery that easily surpasses the 1979 remake. Succeeds as both comedy and mystery and is also one of Bob Hope's best roles, before being caught up in all the road films. My only regret is that it is not available in video or DVD.

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