The Cat and the Canary

1939, Comedy/Mystery & thriller, 1h 12m

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Ten years after the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman, his will is to be read out to his six relatives, including Joyce Norman (Paulette Goddard) and Wally Campbell (Bob Hope). Organized by Norman's lawyer, Crosby (George Zucco), the six meet at Norman's eerie New Orleans Gothic mansion. During the reading, the superstitious housekeeper declares that someone will be dead by midnight. Wally fears for Joyce when she is declared the sole inheritor, but all are alarmed when Crosby turns up dead.

Cast & Crew

Bob Hope
Wally Campbell
John Beal
Fred Blythe
George Zucco
Mr. Crosby, lawyer
Walter DeLeon
Writer
Ernst Toch
Original Music
Charles Lang
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Critic Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

All Critics (3) | Fresh (3)

  • Hope established the wisecracking, cowardly persona that would serve him well throughout his career (as well as influence countless other comics, Woody Allen chief among them).

    September 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it's not as stylistically impressive as the 1927 Paul Leni silent, it's probably an all around more successful film.

    October 20, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • (Bob) Hope and (Paulette) Goddard have marvelous chemistry and Hope is completely amiable, using wisecracks to cover up his discomfort and fear.

    June 11, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Hope established the wisecracking, cowardly persona that would serve him well throughout his career (as well as influence countless other comics, Woody Allen chief among them).

    September 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it's not as stylistically impressive as the 1927 Paul Leni silent, it's probably an all around more successful film.

    October 20, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • (Bob) Hope and (Paulette) Goddard have marvelous chemistry and Hope is completely amiable, using wisecracks to cover up his discomfort and fear.

    June 11, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

  • Dec 11, 2011
    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
  • Sep 19, 2008
    Hope throws some life into this remake.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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