Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fashion Inspiration: Paulette Goddard in "The Cat and the Canary"

A couple of weeks ago, my Sweetie and I watched the 1939 movie "The Cat and the Canary," starring Paulette Goddard and Bob Hope. This lighthearted spooky comedy was a delight to watch, and not only because of Bob Hope's fantastic wry sense of humor (which never disappoints, I have to say.) Paulette was a lovely actress and is an absolute vision in this film, and oh, what a wardrobe her character has! She is outfitted in everything from snappily coordinated daywear to a rich, creamy satin nightgown, which meant I spent the entire movie wishing her outfits were in my closet! If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it--the storyline is cute and entertaining, and I'll bet you'll be wishing her wardrobe was yours too!


Amanda Lee

The keyhole neckline on this dress reminded me of Able Grable's "For the Boys" frock

This gingham frock was one of my favorites--I wonder what color it was?


  1. I think Paulette Goddard is one of the most beautiful women of the golden age of cinema. What a set of gams on that one! She is all to often over looked.

    BTW the 3rd photograph down is actually from "Nothing But the Truth" rather than "The Cat and the Canary"

  2. I think I remember this movie, but haven't seen it in years. I wish they would put more of the old movies of this era on DVD. One of the funniest old movies that I just love is, "Murder, he says" - still waiting for that to come out on DVD. Did you ever watch the t.v. series in the 90s called, "Home Front"? It was set in the '40s. Loved that show and also wish it would be on DVD...the clothes, and, the set are so colorful. Sometimes, it plays on one of the cable channels.

  3. The film she is talking about is available in a boxed set called Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memories Collection. It runs about $30 on Amazon and you get 6 Bob Hope movies.