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The Cat and the Canary(1939)

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Brief Synopsis

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.

Cast & Crew

Elliott Nugent Director
Bob Hope Wally Campbell
Paulette Goddard Joyce Norman
John Beal Fred Blythe
George Zucco Lawyer Crosby
John Wray Hendricks
George Regas Indian guide
Charles Lane First reporter
Frank Melton Second reporter

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1939 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  72 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  6,642    
Duration(reels):  8    

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  • Goddard and Hope sparkle

    Ron Kerrigan 2012-01-16

    A warm-up to the even funnier "Ghost Breakers" the following year, this is a well-made movie full of great one-liners and chills. Cast is... MORE>

  • The Cat and The Canary.

    Warner Williams 2011-07-14

    I saw this film as a child and was so scared my father had to take me out of the theater. As a result I never saw the ending of this film. I have hoped... MORE>

  • The Cat and the Canary (1939)

    Celia Trimboli 2010-05-03

    Great early Bob Hope comedy-mystery. MORE>