Despite not knowing him, the world's most famous detectives can't pass up the offer of a "dinner and murder" invitation from wealthy Lionel Twain. Each has no idea until their arrival at Two Two Twain who else will be in attendance. Those detectives are: amateur sleuths and New York socialites Dick and Dora Charleston, accompanied by their pet terrier, Myron; Belgian detective Monsieur Milo Perrier, accompanied by his chauffeur, Marcel; Shanghainese Inspector Sidney Wang, accompanied by his Japanese adopted son, Willie Wang; frumpish Brit Miss Jessica Marbles, accompanied by her invalid nurse, Miss Withers; and San Francisco gumshoe Sam Diamond, accompanied by his femme fatale sidekick, Tess Skeffington. The dinner part of the invitation runs into problems due to the non-communication between Twain's blind butler, Jamesir Bensonmum, and Twain's new deaf-mute and non-Anglophone cook, Yetta. On the murder side, the guests initially believe Twain will try to kill each of them. However, ... Written by
By the time the world's greatest detectives figure out whodunnit... you could die laughing!
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Did You Know?
Originally Katharine Hepburn
was meant to play a character called Dame Abigail Christian (a spin on Agatha Christie
). Hepburn dropped out after hearing Myrna Loy
would not do the film. The character was changed to Dame Abigail Christmas, and Estelle Winwood
took the role. After numerous re-writes Estelle became Nurse Withers to a new character, Elsa Lanchester
's Miss Jessica Marbles. See more
When the Gargoyle falls on Inspector Wang and son, the position of the debris changes between shots. The first time the large "chunk" is on the steps. On the next shot it is down the steps next between Wang and son. See more
My wife Dora. Inspector Perrier.
[kisses her hand, then coughs
I'm sorry. Our room is so dusty.
My fault. I should have blown first.
As the opening credits begin, a pair of black-gloved hands comes into frame to unlock and open a footlocker containing the cardboard cutouts of the characters. These characters are displayed with their respective name credit. As the closing credits end, the same pair of black-gloved hands comes into frame to close and lock the footlocker. See more
References House on Haunted Hill