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De kat en de kanarie (1939)

The Cat and the Canary (original title)
When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

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Elliott Nugent

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screenplay), Lynn Starling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bob Hope ... Wally Campbell
Paulette Goddard ... Joyce Norman
John Beal ... Fred Blythe
Douglass Montgomery ... Charlie Wilder
Gale Sondergaard ... Miss Lu
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Susan
Nydia Westman ... Cicily
George Zucco ... Lawyer Crosby
John Wray ... Hendricks
George Regas ... Indian Guide
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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. Written by Kelly

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A CHILL-AND-CHUCKLE CHASE!...A FORTUNE AT STAKE AND A MONSTER AT LARGE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Miss Lu is the character that was named Mammy Plessant in the 1922 Broadway play and the 1927 film (De kat en de kanarie (1927)). See more »

Goofs

When the heirs heading to the house in a boat point out a swimming alligator, protective tape is visibly wrapped around its mouth.. See more »

Quotes

Wally Campbell: Wait. My mother brought me up never to be caught twice in the same lady's bedroom.
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Version of The Cat Creeps (1930) See more »

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Still holds up!
24 October 1999 | by guil12See all my reviews

CAT AND THE CANARY still is a great mystery/comedy film. With it's two young stars Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, who go on to make yet another two films together, THE GHOST BREAKERS and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, there is great fun and thrills as they spend the night in a spooky old house with several guests that disappear or are found killed mysteriously. Paulette inherits the place through a will, including a jewel necklace which she promptly places under her pillow before going to bed. There is a scary scene with the damsel in distress in bed sleeping, and a hairy grotesque hand slowly starts to creep over her pillow. A wonderful performance by the supporting cast including Gale Sondergard as an evil-looking housekeeper, George Zucco, again in a thriller, and Elizabeth Patterson and Nydia Westman as the two dizzy relatives. This film put both of the leads over the top and onto major star caliber. Rarely on television, it can be seen around Halloween on American Classics.


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