The Cat and the Canary [DVD] [1939]

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  • Release Date: 09/27/2013
  • Rating: NR
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The Cat and the Canary
The classic "old dark house" motif is given sterling treatment in this second filmed version of the hit play. Bob Hope's status as a star was assured with his role as Wallie Campbell, the cowardly protector of Joyce Norman (Paulette Goddard), who must spend one night in the eerie mansion of her late, eccentric, millionaire uncle. If she can make it through the night without losing her mind, Joyce stands to inherit her uncle's entire fortune. Of course, all the other potential heirs now have a motive to drive her insane. The frights are nonstop as hands reach out from nowhere, people disappear between trap doors, the halls echo with terrifying sounds, and secret doorways lead to hidden passageways. Three people are murdered before Wallie solves the mystery and sees Goddard through the night. Hope integrates his wiseacre comedic style into a essentially straight role, with the humor well-placed in the otherwise moody material. Creepy lighting and music also aid director Elliott Nugent in crafting an effective and fun version of one the genre's archetypal stories. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bob Hope
    Bob Hope - Wallie Campbell
  • Paulette Goddard
    Paulette Goddard - Joyce Norman
  • John Beal
    John Beal - Fred Blythe
  • Douglass Montgomery
    Douglass Montgomery - Charlie Wilder
  • Gale Sondergaard
    Gale Sondergaard - Miss Lu

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good dvd

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    If you like Bob Hope this is a good movie it's funny ,but Bob is good in this as well as all the other stars.

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