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The Cat Creeps is a 1930 American pre-Code crime/mystery film, and a sound remake of The Cat and the Canary (1927). Starring Helen Twelvetrees, Raymond Hackett, Neil Hamilton, Lilyan Tashman, Jean Hersholt, Elizabeth Patterson, and Montagu Love, it is considered to be a lost film.

The Cat Creeps
Title lobby card.
Directed byRupert Julian
Produced byCarl Laemmle, Jr.
Written byWilliam J. Hurlbut
Gladys Lehman
Based onThe Cat and the Canary
by John Willard
StarringHelen Twelvetrees
Raymond Hackett
Neil Hamilton
Elizabeth Patterson
Music byHeinz Roemheld
CinematographyHal Mohr
Edited byMaurice Pivar
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 10, 1930 (1930-11-10)
Running time
71 min.
CountryUnited States



A Spanish-language version, La Voluntad del muerto, starring Lupita Tovar and directed by George Melford, was filmed by Universal Pictures at night on the same sets used for The Cat Creeps during the day.


Elizabeth Patterson later reprised her role of Susan in the 1939 remake, The Cat and the Canary.

Preservation statusEdit

No prints or negatives of The Cat Creeps are known to exist, only some stills and the soundtrack. A few clips do survive in a short film produced by Universal entitled Boo! (1932).[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The CAT CREEPS...the only surviving shots from THE CAT CREEPS...a lost movie". Retrieved 28 March 2013.

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