The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cat and the Canary (1939)





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In this film, the relatives of a recently-deceased millionaire are summoned to a creepy mansion for the reading of the will. The spooky fun begins when the dead man's beautiful niece is told that she must spend a night in the house and emerge safe and sane the following morning.


Bob Hope
as Wally Campbell
Paulette Goddard
as Joyce Norman
John Beal
as Fred Blythe
Douglass Montgomery
as Charles Wilder
George Zucco
as Lawyer Crosby
John Wray
as Hendricks
George Regas
as Indian Guide
Chief Thundercloud
as Indian Guide
Milton Kibbee
as Photographer
Charles Lane
as Reporter
Frank Melton
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

All Critics (2)

While it's not as stylistically impressive as the 1927 Paul Leni silent, it's probably an all around more successful film.

October 20, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

(Bob) Hope and (Paulette) Goddard have marvelous chemistry and Hope is completely amiable, using wisecracks to cover up his discomfort and fear.

June 11, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

Long on my list of films to see, this was quaint and enjoyable. Hope brings a disarming sense of cowardice to his role while maintaining full likability of his character. Goddard is simply lovely.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

Hope throws some life into this remake.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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