Since Halloween is coming around the corner, a classic “whodunit” farce from 1939 will be shown on one of the most popular horror film programs on TV.
The 1939 film adaptation of “The Cat and the Canary,” will be shown tonight on Me-TV’s Saturday night horror and sci-fi film showcase, “Svengoolie.” The legendary Chicago-based horror and sci-fi film host is portrayed by Rich Koz.
Who does it feature?
“The Cat and the Canary” features legendary comedian Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard and iconic horror actor George Zucco- just to name a few.
What is it all about?
Ten years after the death of millionaire Cyrus Norman, attorney Crosby* (Zucco) revealed Norman’s will to the late millionaire’s relatives, who have to stay overnight in an old, abandoned house.
Radio personality Wally Campbell (Hope) has to protect Joyce Norman (Goddard), the main heir of Norman’s fortune from going crazy, or she will lose the fortune, as part of the guidelines in the will.
A well-blended mix of chills, thrills and hilarity are featured throughout Elliott Nugent’s film adaptation of the John Willard play. Hope and Goddard would be reunited on screen again in the 1940 Paramount comedy, “The Ghost Breakers.”
Why you should watch “The Cat and the Canary” on “Svengoolie:”
Even if you’re not fond of the classic horror and sci-fi films that are shown on Svengoolie’s program every Saturday night, “The Cat and the Canary” would be good starter film, even if you’ve never watched “Svengoolie” (or this film) before.
You will be entertained by two hours of pure comic farce with jokes and musical skits before the commercials, programmed all the way from Berwyn!
*No relation to Bing Crosby, who appeared with Hope in the successful “road” comedy series of films for Paramount Pictures throughout the 1940’s.
Svengoolie: “The Cat and the Canary” (1939)
Saturday, Oct. 17, 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central
In the Washington/Frederick area: (WJLA-TV 7.2/Comcast 204, excluding Hood College’s on-campus cable service, which does not carry Me-TV)
In the Baltimore area: (WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208, “Svengoolie” will be time-delayed, and will be shown at 11:00 p.m., due to TV-11’s 10:00 p.m. newscast)
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