Bob Hope built a career out of the persona of the fussy, fast-talking lothario spooked by sex, the blowhard who crumbles at the first sight of trouble, in the Cat and the Canary Hoe gave this character it's first outing and never looked back, the film to this day is still one of the best horror spoofs ever made.Ten years have passed since the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman, his attorney gathers his six remaining relatives in his old mansion in the swamps of Louisiana to read the will. The family maid appears and announces that the spirits have told her that one... of them will die that night and Hendrick, the local prison guard warns that that The Cat a homicidal maniac has escaped and could appear at any minute. This sets up a night filled with murders, mysteries and intrigue. Hope has one great one-liners after another in this old dark house mystery-comedy. [show more]
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This dark comic thriller is a Hollywood remake of the 1927 silent film based on the play by John Willard, and stars Bob Hope in his first big role as Wallie Campbell, the not-so-brave protector of Joyce Norman (Paulette Goddard), an heiress who stands to inherit the fortune of her late uncle: an eccentric millionaire who made a proviso in his will that she must spend one night in his big eerie mansion without losing her mind if she wants to get her hands on his money. But his other potential heirs are determined to make the night as disturbing as they can, and make her fail the test...