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The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 9 September 1927 (USA)
Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

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Rich old Cyrus West's relatives are waiting for him to die so they can inherit. But he stipulates that his will be read 20 years after his death. On the appointed day his expectant heirs arrive at his brooding mansion. The will is read and it turns out that Annabelle West, the only heir with his name left, inherits, if she is deemed sane. If she isn't, the money and some diamonds go to someone else, whose name is in a sealed envelope. Before he can reveal the identity of her successor to Annabelle, Mr. Crosby, the lawyer, disappears. The first in a series of mysterious events, some of which point to Annabelle in fact being unstable. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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THE MYSTERY THRILLER OF THE STAGE FILMED WITH NEW EFFECTS (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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9 September 1927 (USA)  »

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A macska és a kanári  »

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The play on which this film is based opened in New York on 7 February 1922 at the National Theater. It closed in May 1922 after 148 performances. See more »

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When the murdered lawyer falls from behind a concealed door, he falls face down, but in the subsequent scenes he is shown on his back. See more »

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Narrator: On a lonely pine-clad hill overlooking the Hudson, stood the grotesque mansion of an eccentric millionaire...
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Symphonie no. 3 avec orgue
  • 1st movement

Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
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Excellent ! All that needs to be said.
16 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love watching movies from years ago, particularly silent films. Some are good, some I cannot finish. However, there are those films that are simply brilliant. The Cat and the Canary falls into the latter. I have watched this over and over and marvel at how real it seems. The viewer's post prior to this was accurate in everything she said. The sets were so realistic, I actually thought it was a real haunted house. My particular favorite scene is the opening, as the camera pans down the hallway, with the curtains blowing in the wind. Very ethereal, ghostly feel. As far as the acting, I could find no fault with any of it. This is simply a wonderful movie and is worth viewing again and again. I feel guilty only spending $5 for it.


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