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The Cat and the Canary (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Mystery, Horror | 1979 (UK)
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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Apparently, English actress Honor Blackman, who had played Pussy Galore in the James Bond film _Goldfinger_, was cast in this picture because of this association with cats (as in Pussy). The film features "Cat" in the tile and a villain named "The Cat". 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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Version of The Cat and the Canary (1939) See more »

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A sad disappointment
1 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I fondly remember seeing this film in '79, and I was taken by it but this was long before I started demanding quality from the industry. I wish I hadn't seen it again, so I could have preserved the memory of the atmosphere and lightning and secret passageways, the reading of the will -- I could go on. But the sun rises. How can a film that boasts such talent lie on the floor so limply? There is no depth to any of the characters except the house keeper. Playboy to Doctor to Sportswoman to Pet girl to Instant heiress -- stick characters played by bored actors. The leading lady seemed miscast. Sorry, Miss Linley but the accent came and went so many times, it was distracting. Not that Miss Lynley got much help from Randy's adaption. To sum it up -- it was all there, all the spooky/ horror elements, but nothing jelled. There was no chemistry between anything... the movie lied there, the end offered nothing but who the killer was and even that was obvious from the onset. Yes. Yes. Very sad. Sometimes it's best to keep childhood memories in your mind's eye rather then try to relive the moment.......................


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