The Cat and the Canary + The Ghost Breakers 09/19/20

KL Studio Classics

Directors Elliott Nugent and George Marshall took turns guiding Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard through remakes of haunted house horror pix, making the template for the modern horror comedy. It’s a bayou mansion in one show and a Caribbean castle in the second, with plenty of unsavory characters around to keep us guessing: are phantom killers on the loose, or does somebody just want clean title to the inheritance, as in Knives Out? Willie Best provides the best laughs, George Zucco (creepy), Anthony Quinn (ethnic) and Noble Johnson (a zombie) are on hand to heighten the semi-supernatural thrills. Hope even gets in some ant-Democrat slurs — but funny ones. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.