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The Cat and the Canary ()


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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.

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Annabelle West
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Paul Jones
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Charles Wilder
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Roger Crosby
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Cecily
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Susan
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Harry (as Arthur Edmund Carew)
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Mammy Pleasant
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The Guard
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Ira Lazar
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Hal Craig ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Joe Murphy ...
Milkman (uncredited)

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Paul Leni

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John Willard ... (from the stage play by)
 
Robert F. Hill ... (adaptation) &
Alfred A. Cohn ... (adaptation)
 
Alfred A. Cohn ... (scenario)
 
Walter Anthony ... (titles)
 
Edward J. Montagne ... (story supervision)

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Paul Kohner ... supervising producer (uncredited)

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Hugo Riesenfeld ... (uncredited)

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Gilbert Warrenton ... (photography)

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Martin G. Cohn ... film editor

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Lloyd Nosler ... supervising film editor

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Charles D. Hall

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Neil Brand ... Restoration score
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra ... orchestral performance (as The City of Prague Philharmonic)

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Carl Laemmle ... presenter / president: Universal Pictures Corporation
Robert F. Hill ... assistant to Paul Leni (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines THE MYSTERY THRILLER OF THE STAGE FILMED WITH NEW EFFECTS (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • La volonté du mort (France)
  • Spuk im Schloss (Germany)
  • El legado tenebroso (Spain)
  • Kissa ja kanarialintu (Finland)
  • Кот и канарейка (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia Writer/director Robert F. Hill not only wrote the adaptation for this film but also served as a sort of assistant/associate director for Paul Leni. Leni, a German, didn't speak much English, and Hill spoke German, so he acted as a liaison between Leni and the cast and crew. See more »
Goofs In the credits a character named "Ira Lazar" is listed. No such person is ever named in the film. However, external information indicates that "Ira Lazar" is the character who identifies himself as "the doctor" sent to check on Annabelle's sanity. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Seul le cinéma (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Symphonie no. 3 avec orgue See more »
Quotes Roger Crosby: I have come to read the will of Cyrus West. Have any of the heirs arrived yet?
Mammy Pleasant: No, Mr. Crosby.
Roger Crosby: You must have been lonely here these twenty years, Mammy Pleasant.
Mammy Pleasant: I don't need the living ones.
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