Directed by Elliott Nugent
Produced by Arthur Hornblow, Jr.
Written by Walter de Leon & Lynn Starling
Play Author: John Willard
Starring Bob Hope
Music by Ernst Toch
Cinematography Charles B. Lang
Editing by Archie Marshek
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date 1939
Running time 72 min.
The Cat and The Canary is the first of two comedy/horror films that Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard made in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The other one was The Ghostbreakers. This movie is perhaps not as polished as The Ghostbreakers but it still has a few funny and chilling moments.
The two stars are the central focus of the film. Hope is the cowardly wisecracking hero while Goddard plays the pretty damsel in distress. They make a great team although Paulette doesn’t really do all that much except look pretty and brave (unlike Bob), which is in contrast to the strong roles that Charlie Chaplin had been giving her in Modern Times and The Great Dictator. It is still an enjoyable film if only because of the chemistry that the two had.
- The Cat and the Canary (1939) (mrmovietimes.com)
- The Cat And The Canary (1939) (horror-movie-a-day.blogspot.com)
- Blu-ray Review: Modern Times – The Criterion Collection (blogcritics.org)
- Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin (variety.com)
- DVDs: The First Cog in the Star Machine (nytimes.com)
- What Are The Best Singing Canaries? (animaltopics.com)
- The Definitive Chicago Halloween 2010 Scary Movie Guide (chicagoist.com)
- What Makes Canary Food Different From Other Bird Food? (animaltopics.com)
- Canary Seed For Your Pet’s Health (animaltopics.com)
- Choosing Proper Canary Cages (animaltopics.com)