The Cat and the Canary Overview:

The Cat and the Canary (1939) was a Comedy - Family Film directed by Elliott Nugent and produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr..


Comedic remake of Universal's silent film stars Hope and Goddard as potential heirs to a bayou fortune. After the will is read and the estate is left to Goddard, a number of suspicious events take place, leaving the guests unsure if the mansion is haunted or if one of the neglected heirs is trying to steal Goddard's new fortune. Hope attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery, in his typically comic manner.

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Watching 1939: The Cat and the Canary (1939)

on Oct 25, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article

1001 Classic Movies: The Cat and the Canary

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 31, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

The Cat and the Canary (1939), starring Douglass Montgomery, Paulette Goddard, Bob Hope, and John Beal, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered... Read full article

The Cat and the Canary (1939) with Bob Hope

By Greg Orypeck on Nov 5, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! ? . . . NOT FAR FROM NEW ORLEANS, THERE STILL EXIST, IN STRANGE SOLITUDE, THE BAYOUS OF LOUISIANA . . . ? By various means, by rowboat, motorboat or rather inexplicably appearing at the front door, seven people arrive at a spooky old mansion among cypress and oak trees heavily draped wit... Read full article

Jewels Of The Public Domain Treasure Chest – The Cat And The Canary (1925)

By Michael on Oct 20, 2015 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

I’ve mentioned before that quite a few years back I ran another blog, Professor Damian’s Public Domain Treasure Chest. In it I tried to spotlight some of the real jewels that can be found in the Public Domain. It’s been quite a while since I’ve actually updated the site, but ... Read full article

The Cat and the Canary (1939)

on Oct 20, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

There are a few actor blind spots I’ve sought to fill; during the July Five, it was Fred Astaire. With Halloween we’re seeing some hope, Bob Hope that is. This is the first of two Bob Hope/Paulette Goddard horror mysteries I’m watching in my 31 Days of Halloween and if my enjoyment... Read full article

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Quotes from

Cicily: I suggest we all sleep together!

Fred Blythe: I could use a drink.
Wally Campbell: Yeah, I could too. Might as well be a live stiff as a dead stiff.

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.

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Facts about

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.
Miss Lu is the character that was named Mammy Plessant in the 1922 Broadway play and the 1927 film (The Cat and the Canary).
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 the following year.
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