Paramount Pictures presents "THE CAT & THE CANARY" (1940) (72 min/B&W) -- Starring Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal , Douglass Montgomery, Gale Sondergaard & George Zucco
Directed by Elliott Nugent
Bob Hope's status as a star was assured with his role as Wally 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 Wally solves the mystery and sees Joyce through the night.
Creepy lighting and music aid director Elliott Nugent in crafting an effective and fun version of one the genre's archetypal stories.
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