Grasping relatives assemble for the reading of a will.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey
Remake of Paul Leni’s silent classic, and even more entertaining than the original. It was the first big hit in the cinema for Bob Hope (pictured left), the one which established his screen personality, and remains arguably his funniest film. It's an adroit mixture of shocks and comedy, with some classic Hope wisecracks (“Don’t these big empty houses scare you?” “Not me, I used to be in vaudeville”). The picture benefits from a wonderful cast of character actors who all seem to have enjoyed themselves. The on-screen chemistry between Hope and Goddard (pictured right) led to them teaming up again for The Ghost Breakers (1940).