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The Cat and the Canary (1978)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Mystery, Horror  |  1979 (UK)
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A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose.

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When an elderly man dies, some of his relatives gather to hear the reading of the will. When it is read by his attorney, the old man lets it be known how much he despised and loathed his worthless kin. As a result, his will is structured in such a way as to set up a dogfight between his potential heirs as to who will collect his fortune. Written by Alfred Jingle

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For God's sake, stay in your rooms and lock the doors!

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The film's source play notes feature the description of it as "A play in four acts" and its setting being introduced as "Glencliff Manor, on the Hudson". See more »

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After Hendricks is shot fatally three times by Paul, he is still breathing. See more »

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Susan Sillsby: Hm, my favourite period: early Devil's Island.
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Watch out! There's a cat on the loose
31 January 2002 | by (www.appallingtrash.com headquarters, Tokyo) – See all my reviews

A family gathers at Glencliff Manor, their deceased uncle's mansion in England, for the reading of his will - 20 years after his death! It's a typically dark, wet and thundery night in 1934......the perfect weather for a will reading......and a murder (or two). For it also happens to be the same night an escaped, murderous mental patient, with a penchant for all things feline, sneaks in (via a catflap - sorry, couldn't resist) to dry off, lick his fur clean......and sharpen his claws!

The family remains unaware of the cat's presence inside the mansion until an anxious mental hospital doctor, searching every nook and cranny for the cat, smashes through a ground floor window brandishing a gun. He urges the family to lock themselves into their rooms and wait for morning.

But the cat attacks. And he breaks a nail...er, a claw or two in the process.

Headlined by Honor Blackman, GOLDFINGER's Pussy Galore, and Carol Lynley, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE's onboard singer extraordinaire - the latter having mastered an English accent for this role (Funny! When I was younger I thought Carol Lynley WAS English!) - CAT AND THE CANARY weaves thrills, murder, biting wit and choice dialogue into one satisfying hour and a half or so.

Highly recommended.


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