The Cat And The Canary (1939)
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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.
Who is THE CAT? His movements soundless, his approach unnoticeable, his vengeance swift! Who will feel his horrible, hairy grasp next?
Title: Cat And The Canary, The
Release Date: November 10, 1939
Runtime: 72 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Family, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Buried.com Rating: 8.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: K-16
Bob Hope ...Wally Campbell
Paulette Goddard ...Joyce Norman
John Beal ...Fred Blythe
Douglass Montgomery ...Charles Wilder
Gale Sondergaard ...Miss Lu
Elizabeth Patterson ...Aunt Susan
George Zucco ...Mr. Crosby, lawyer
Nydia Westman ...Cicily
John Wray ...Hendricks, guard
George Regas ...Indian guide
William Abbey ...'The Cat'
Milton Kibbee ...Photographer
Charles Lane ...Reporter
Frank Melton ...Reporter
Nick Thompson ...Indian Guide
Chief Thundercloud ...Indian guide
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
More Movie Taglines:
- Who is THE CAT? His movements soundless, his approach unnoticeable, his vengeance swift! Who will feel his horrible, hairy grasp next?
- A CHILL-AND-CHUCKLE CHASE!...A FORTUNE AT STAKE AND A MONSTER AT LARGE! (original ad
- all caps)
- Through it all...Bob Hope at his wise-cracking best, laughing his way through hilarious heroics...hoping a gag's as good as a gun to get ghosts on the go!
- Stalked by a wild, crawling thing...balked by a blind passage! Groping, desperately hoping for a way out!
- Wally Campbell: Let's all drink scotch and make wry faces.
Wally Campbell: I'm so scared, even my goose pimples have goose pimples.
Cicily: Don't big empty houses scare you? Wally Campbell: Not me, I used to be in vaudeville.
Cicily: Do you believe people come back from the dead? Wally Campbell: You mean like Republicans?
Miss Lu: There are spirits all around you. Wally Campbell: Well, could you put some in a glass with a little ice? I need it badly.
- Elizabeth Patterson played the role of Susan in both this and the first sound version of the story, The Cat Creeps (1930).
Miss Lu is the character that was named Mammy Plessant in the 1922 Broadway play and the 1927 film (The Cat and the Canary (1927)).
In the original Broadway play and the 1927 film, the dead man was named Cyrus West. In this version the dead man is named Cyrus Norman, possibly because Mae West was still making films at this time.
One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, that were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until several years later.
Many people believe that the lawyer's name (Crosby) is an in-joke reference to the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby pairing. In fact, it's a coincidence; this was the character's name in the stage play as well as the two previous film versions. Moreover, Hope and Crosby did not make a film together until Road to Singapore (1940) the following year.
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