The Cat Creeps

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For the unrelated later film, see The Cat Creeps (1946 film).
The Cat Creeps
Title lobby card.
Directed by Rupert Julian
John Willard
Produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Written by William J. Hurlbut
Gladys Lehman
Starring Helen Twelvetrees
Raymond Hackett
Neil Hamilton
Elizabeth Patterson
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Edited by Maurice Pivar
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • November 10, 1930 (1930-11-10)
Running time
71 min.
Country United States
Language English

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.



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.

In the documentary The Young and the Dead, the husband of the lead actress Helen Twelvetrees creates a video tribute due to her illness and shows part of her memorial service. He states that he became her agent during the filming of the movie and married her shortly after filming ended. Elizabeth Patterson later reprised her role of Susan in the 1939 remake, The Cat and the Canary.

Preservation status[edit]

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]

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