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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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Complete credited cast:
Allison Crosby
Cicily Young
Mrs. Pleasant
Dr. Harry Blythe
Charlie Wilder
Cyrus West (as Wilfrid Hyde White)


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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El gato y el canario  »

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The film was made and released about fifty-six years after its source stage play of the same name by John Willard had been first performed in 1922. See more »


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


Paul Jones: No one is more sincere than a greedy cousin. That's Paul Jones' theory of relativity.
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Version of The Cat and the Canary (1927) See more »

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Old warhorse still has legs
23 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This old theatrical warhorse gets another outing in what is (to date) the only colour version of a classic play.

There are some pleasantly swish performances from a good cast and neat direction from Metzger. Film takes a while to get going but the last reel packs in the action.

Wilfred Hyde-White's appearance on film is a nice touch and he even gets to "host" the end credits. But the best moment is Edward Fox's spectacular entrance and his scene-stealing thereafter : a moment to treasure, especially his delivery of the line "We're just up the road"! (It'll make sense when you watch it).

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