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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 decorations
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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Robert Ryan makes his screen debut.See more »
Continuity: When Raspy Kelly goes to Lawrence's apartment, the entire city is in a blackout due to the storm. He uses the doorbell and intercom, even though there's no power.See more »
[first lines]
Mary Carter:Hello, operator? Operator? Operator, the lights in my room. What? The lightning?
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Comedy Classic--Bob Hope, a Mysterious Castle, and a Great Cast, 31 October 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This I assert is one of the most-imitated films and the funniest of all time. The producers for once let Bob Hope play a real person; one whose reactions in an extreme situation involving zombies, gangsters, death threats and the need for derring-do made his sensible fears seem believably. In fact, I suggest that the complex plot works quite well. delivering a realistic background to the comedic doings. The great George Marshall did a beautiful job keeping the action going, as he almost always did. Credit for the involving and hilarious story and screenplay are due to Walter DeLeon for the screenplay itself and Paul Dickey and Charles W. Goddard for the play from which it was adapted. The storyline concerns a lovely young woman (Paulette Goddard, the sex-symbol of her era) who inherits a castle on a small island just off Havana, Cuba. Her romantic co-star in the film is Bob Hope as a radio personality, Lawrence Lawrence Lawrence. She is warned off by Senor Perada (Paul Lukas), who tells her everyone who has spent a night in the castle has gone mad. In the meantime, a gangster takes exception to Hope's broadcast and send a man to kill him. Hope believes he has shot the man, really killed by Perada; so he ends up fleeing to Cuba, and helping Goddard. An old acquaintance of hers, played amiably by Richard Carlson, and twin brothers played by a young Anthony Quinn (one of them the murder victim)complicate matters; so do some hard-to-explain zombies, and sinister accomplices of various sizes. Without a scorecard it is difficult to separate the players, but one of the most important is Hope's aide, ably played by master straightman Willie Best without a trace of racial stereotyping; he is loyal, at least as brave as his boss and a great asset to the movie. There is the usual treasure that is causing the villains to scare off the normals; and there is a surprise ending, which I will not divulge. In their parts, Hope is at the top of his considerable powers; Goddard has a merely o.k. voice but has the character strength and charisma necessary to her essentially decorative role as a young woman. Willie Best is outstanding as Hope's sidekick and straight man; Anthony Quinn is promising, young and sullen as twin gangsters; Richard Carlson does a bright job of playing off-type as a duplicitous villain; and Paul Lukas is extremely powerful as Senor Perada, a wonderfully villainous red herring. others in the large and attractive cast include Pedro de Cordoba, Virginia Brissac, Tom Dugan, Lloyd Corrigan, and minor roles by Robert Ryan and Douglass Kennedy. The film's fine cinematography was done by veteran Charles Lang; the music was supplied by Ernest Toch and Victor Young 9uncredited). Art direction by Hans Dreier and Robert Usher was outstanding and atmospheric; Edith Head did the costumes and the interior decorations were the work of A.E. Freudman. The film to my eyes is stylish, consistent and varied; from the sailing into Havan harbor to the sequences in and under the castle to the shipboard and preceding city scenes, everything is beautiful, funny and of a piece. A comedy classic.

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