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Director:
Writers:
Walter DeLeon (writer)
Lynn Starling (writer)
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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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Cast

  (in credits order)

Bob Hope ... Wally Campbell

Paulette Goddard ... Joyce Norman
John Beal ... Fred Blythe
Douglass Montgomery ... Charles Wilder

Gale Sondergaard ... Miss Lu
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Susan
George Zucco ... Mr. Crosby, lawyer
Nydia Westman ... Cicily

John Wray ... Hendricks, guard
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
(in alphabetical order)
Walter DeLeon  writer
Lynn Starling  writer
John Willard  play

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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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
In the original Broadway play and the 1927 film, the dead man was named Cyrus West. In this version the dead man is named Cyrus Norman, possibly because Mae West was still making films at this time.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Crosby, lawyer:[Referring to Miss Lu's talk about spiritualism] Wait, wait! Stop all this, Miss Lu. Do you want to frighten these ladies out of their wits?
Fred Blythe:[Sarcastically referring to Aunt Susan and Cicily] Oh, there's not much danger in that.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Hope at His Wittiest!, 12 June 2000

Most of Bob Hope's films rely heavily on the humour of the times, with references to political and cultural events figuring in significantly. Sometimes this detracts from his films, because the humour is not always self-evident. Not is the case with his performance in the remake of Paul Leni's The Cat and the Canary. Hope has one great one-liner after another in this old dark house mystery-comedy. The story is pretty familiar: a group a relations must stay a night in a house, listen to a will, and then remain there for the evening to see if the inheritor remains sane throughout the evening. Of course, we the audience are treated to secret panels, an occasional murder, hooded culprits, and a great mystery. The Cat and the Canary works so well for a number of reasons. First, it is a very atmospheric film taking place in the swamplands of Louisiana. The film is by no means big budget but does do the most with what it has. The surrounding swampland have an authentic feeling to them and the house itself is magnificently eerie. The cast is quite good with Bob Hope saving the film from tiresome formula with his special brand of humour and his excellent timing. Despite his great performance, he is almost upstaged by Gale Sondergaard as a dark, brooding servant. George Zucco also has a nice supporting role. All in all a nice way to spend an evening.

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