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Release Date:
21 June 1940 (USA) See more »
The two stars of "The Cat and the Canary" find love and laughter in a haunted house!
A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Hope ... Larry Lawrence

Paulette Goddard ... Mary Carter

Richard Carlson ... Geoff Montgomery

Paul Lukas ... Parada
Willie Best ... Alex
Pedro de Cordoba ... Havez (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Virginia Brissac ... Mother Zombie
Noble Johnson ... The Zombie

Anthony Quinn ... Ramon Mederos / Francisco Mederos
Tom Dugan ... Raspy Kelly

Paul Fix ... Frenchy Duval
Lloyd Corrigan ... Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Blaine ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
David Durand ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Jack Edwards ... Ship Bellboy (uncredited)
Robert Elliott ... Lieutenant Murray (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Hotel Porter (uncredited)
Jack Hatfield ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Screaming Woman (uncredited)
Douglas Kennedy ... Intern (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Dolores Moran ... Las Palmas Patron (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Baggage Handler (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Tom Quinn ... Man in Hotel Hallway (uncredited)

Robert Ryan ... Intern (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man in Hotel Hallway (uncredited)
Kay Stewart ... Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Leonard Sues ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman at Boat Dock (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Dolores - Cuban Girl (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Ship Porter (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
Walter DeLeon (screen play)

Paul Dickey (based on a play by) and
Charles W. Goddard (based on a play by)

Produced by
Arthur Hornblow Jr. .... producer
William LeBaron .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ernst Toch (music score by)
Victor Young (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Robert Usher 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Epstein .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A.E. Freudeman .... interior decorator
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Richard Olson .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew J. Durkus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Heckler .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Andrea Setaro .... musical advisor
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6126) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Continuity: A ghost is seen walking in the foyer where Lawrence finds his body is entombed. Later, Lawrence "discovers" the same ghost's body in the crypt.See more »
[first lines]
Mary Carter:Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Murder, He Says (1945)See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Funny old-house-ish comedy, 25 August 2000
Author: James L. from Somewhere in New Jersey

The basic plot: Bob Hope gets mixed up in a plot to get Paulette Goddards fortune.

The praise: Its a funny movie, with Bob Hope doing plenty of good gags and wisecracks . It also has a diverting , intriguing plot, suspense, and an eerie, funny old house part towards the end . The old house one is a fine set, and you won't have a clue who done it till the end. Paulette Goddard looks fetching, and the film is dated only by black stereotyping. The zombie scene works both seriously and as a spoof. Enjoy!

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