The Cat and the Canary

The Cat and the Canary (1939)


  • Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1939-10-27
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 62 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 12min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Elliott Nugent
star 6.9/10
From 62 Ratings


Ten years after the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman, his will is to be read out to his six relatives, including Joyce Norman and Wally Campbell. Organized by Norman's lawyer, Crosby, the six meet at Norman's eerie New Orleans Gothic mansion. During the reading, the superstitious housekeeper declares that someone will be dead by midnight. Wally fears for Joyce when she is declared the sole inheritor, but all are alarmed when Crosby turns up dead.

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  • Bob Hope

    as Wally Campbell
  • Paulette Goddard

    as Joyce Norman
  • John Beal

    as Fred Blythe
  • Douglass Montgomery

    as Charles Wilder
  • Gale Sondergaard

    as Miss Lu
  • Elizabeth Patterson

    as Aunt Susan
  • Nydia Westman

    as Cicily
  • George Zucco

    as Lawyer Crosby
  • John Wray

    as Hendricks
  • George Regas

    as Indian Guide
  • Milton Kibbee

    as Reporter
  • Charles Lane

    as Reporter
  • Frank Melton

    as Reporter
  • Nick Thompson

    as Indian Guide
  • Chief Thundercloud

    as Indian Guide
Production Arthur Hornblow Jr. Producer
Art Robert Usher Art Direction
Art Hans Dreier Art Direction
Art A. E. Freudeman Set Decoration
Directing Elliott Nugent Director
Editing Archie Marshek Editor
Writing John Willard Theatre Play
Camera Charles Lang Director of Photography
Sound Ernst Toch Original Music Composer
Writing Walter DeLeon Screenplay
Sound Richard Olson Sound Recordist
Writing Lynn Starling Screenplay
Sound Philip Wisdom Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Edith Head Costume Design
Sound Andrea Setaro Music Arranger