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The Cat and the Canary -- 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...

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Director:
Writers:
John Willard (from the stage play by)
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9 September 1927 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
THE MYSTERY THRILLER OF THE STAGE FILMED WITH NEW EFFECTS (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Paul Leni 
 
Writing credits
John Willard (from the stage play by)

Robert F. Hill (adaptation) &
Alfred A. Cohn (adaptation)

Alfred A. Cohn (scenario)

Walter Anthony (titles)

Produced by
Paul Kohner .... supervising producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hugo Riesenfeld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Warrenton (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Martin G. Cohn (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Editorial Department
Lloyd Nosler .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
Neil Brand .... Restoration score
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestral performance (as The City of Prague Philharmonic)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corporation
Edward J. Montagne .... story supervision
Robert F. Hill .... assistant to Paul Leni (uncredited)
 
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80 min (DVD) (2004 restoration) | 108 min (16 fps)
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Certification:
Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1927) | Portugal:17 (director's cut) | Spain:7 (2011) | USA:Unrated

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The black cat on the road was stuffed.See more »
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Continuity: 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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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
This Silent Is Golden, 1 January 2003
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This late silent movie shows off the considerable talents of its director, Paul Leni, as the camera prowls the environs of an old dark house with the gracefulness of a cat, while the actors bob around like canaries, forming uneasy alliances and plotting against one another. The cast is well chosen. Laura La Plante makes a lovely heroine, while bespectacled Creighton Hale makes an agreeable, somewhat Harold Lloyd-like hero. Tully Marshall and Martha Mattox represent, none too flatteringly, the older generation; the former has the face of a drawn, white prune, while the latter makes a perfect battle-axe as the ironically named Mammy Pleasant. By today's standards the movie isn't too scary, though its mood of foreboding is still effective. Its qualities are pictorial more than dramatic, and the print I saw was badly in need of restoration.

The Cat and the Canary is a key film of the silent era, and was hugely influential in kicking off the old dark house genre that continued into the early talkie period. When sound came in the wisecracks proliferated, which tended to lighten the mood and detract from the suspense. In this one the humor is visual, and the tone is more consistent. There have been dozens remakes and imitations over the years, but the dark, Gothic beauty of the original has never been surpassed.

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