The Cat and the Canary (1939 film)

Infobox Film
name = The Cat and the Canary

caption =
director = Elliott Nugent
producer = Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
writer = Walter de Leon Lynn Starling Play Author: John Willard
narrator =
starring = Bob Hope Paulette Goddard John Beal Douglass Montgomery Gale Sondergaard
music = Ernst Toch
cinematography = Charles B. Lang
editing = Archie Marshek
distributor = Paramount Pictures
released = 1939
runtime = 72 min.
country = USA
language = English
budget =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
website =
amg_id = 1:86824
imdb_id = 0031143

"The Cat and the Canary" is a 1939 comedy horror film remake of the 1927 film "The Cat and the Canary", which was based on the 1922 play by John Willard. The film is directed by Elliott Nugent and stars Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. Despite being relatively well-known, this version has yet to receive an official VHS or DVD release in the United States.


* Bob Hope as Wally Campbell
* Paulette Goddard as Joyce Norman
* John Beal as Fred Blythe
* Douglass Montgomery as Charles Wilder
* Gale Sondergaard as Miss Lu
* Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Susan
* George Zucco as Mr. Crosby, lawyer
* Nydia Westman as Cicily
* John Wray as Guard Hendricks
* George Regas as Indian guide


* Milton Kibbee as Photographer
* Charles Lane as Reporter
* Frank Melton as Reporter
* Chief Thundercloud as Indian guide


Ten years have passed since the death of millionaire, Cyrus Norman. Cosby, Cyrus' attorney, has gathered Cyrus' 6 remaining relatives to his New Orleans' mansion for Cyrus' "reading of the will". To the others disappointment, Joyce is the sole heir, but, due to a streak of insanity running in the family, a second will has been made in case Joyce falls victim to it. This puts Joyce in danger. Suddenly, Miss Lu, Cyrus' maid, appears and warns them that the spirits have told her that one of them will die that night. Following this, Hendrick, a prison guard, warns them that, "The Cat", a homicidal maniac has escaped. This sets up Cyrus' relatives with a night filled with murders, mysteries and intrigue

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