The Cat and the Canary 
Director: Elliott Nugent
Screenplay: Walter DeLeon and Lynn Starling based on the stage play by John Willard
Starring: Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.
The Pitch: ”Hey, let’s team Bob Hope in a film with Paulette Goddard. We could do a remake of the 1927 silent film The Cat and the Canary which is based on the 1922 stage play of the same name.”
The Tagline: “A Chill-and-Chuckle Chase!… A Fortune at Stake and a Monster at Large!”
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Ten years after the death of an eccentric millionaire, Cyrus Norman, his remaining family members are brought to his spooky-looking mansion deep in the bayou. Before the will is read, his former caretaker informs the group that the spirits have said one of them will die that night. Sadly there is no way to leave the mansion until the next day.
Norman left two wills: The first leaves everything to Paulette Goddard [much to the disappointment of all except Bob Hope]; the second will is to be opened only if Goddard dies or goes insane before the month is out. The second will leaves everything to one of the others [although who is unknown until Goddard dies] which of course puts Goddard’s life in danger. To make matters worse, the group learns that a homicidal maniac known as the Cat has escaped from a nearby insane asylum and is in the area.
As the night wears on things get progressively worse – lights go on and off, people disappear, real eyes in paintings are watching, secret passages are found and what? Someone has been murdered!