The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cat and the Canary (1939)

The Cat and the Canary





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In this film, the relatives of a recently-deceased millionaire are summoned to a creepy mansion for the reading of the will. The spooky fun begins when the dead man's beautiful niece is told that she must spend a night in the house and emerge safe and sane the following morning.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Walter de Leon, Lynn Starling, Walter DeLeon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 1, 2004
Paramount Pictures


Bob Hope
as Wally Campbell
Paulette Goddard
as Joyce Norman
John Beal
as Fred Blythe
Douglass Montgomery
as Charles Wilder
George Zucco
as Lawyer Crosby
John Wray
as Hendricks
George Regas
as Indian Guide
Chief Thundercloud
as Indian Guide
Milt Kibbee
as Photographer
Milton Kibbee
as Photographer
Charles Lane
as Reporter
Frank Melton
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

All Critics (2)

While it's not as stylistically impressive as the 1927 Paul Leni silent, it's probably an all around more successful film.

Full Review… | October 20, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

(Bob) Hope and (Paulette) Goddard have marvelous chemistry and Hope is completely amiable, using wisecracks to cover up his discomfort and fear.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

Long on my list of films to see, this was quaint and enjoyable. Hope brings a disarming sense of cowardice to his role while maintaining full likability of his character. Goddard is simply lovely.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

Hope throws some life into this remake.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

This version stars Bob Hope and is re-make of the earlier silent film by the same name (which was based on a play by the name. As per the rules of an "old dark house" film, a will is read at midnight to a group of people in a mansion (this time in the bayou). The will states the first heir must remain sane for 30 days or it goes to the backup plan. Of course the other potential heirs attempt to drive the heiress batty. The heiress is a young hottie, so Bob Hope tries to get laid instead of driving her crazy. Not really any better than the silent-era version.


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