5.6/10
1,144
30 user 24 critic

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.

Director:

Radley Metzger

Writers:

Radley Metzger (screenplay), John Willard (play)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Honor Blackman ... Susan Sillsby
Michael Callan ... Paul Jones
Edward Fox ... Hendricks
Wendy Hiller ... Allison Crosby
Olivia Hussey ... Cicily Young
Beatrix Lehmann ... Mrs. Pleasant
Carol Lynley ... Annabelle West
Daniel Massey ... Dr. Harry Blythe
Peter McEnery ... Charlie Wilder
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Cyrus West (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni
Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.

Director: Peter Sykes
Stars: Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Charles Aznavour, Maria Rohm, Adolfo Celi
Silver Bears (1977)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Financial wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Sir Michael Caine) is sent by crime boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to more easily launder their profits. When he ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Passer
Stars: Michael Caine, Cybill Shepherd, Louis Jourdan
The Terrorists II (1974)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In a Scandinavian country, national security chief Colonel Tahlvik is tasked to rescue the passengers of a high-jacked British airliner while the British Ambassador is being held hostage at his residence by another terrorist team.

Director: Casper Wrede
Stars: Sean Connery, Ian McShane, Jeffry Wickham
Backfire! (1962)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Arson is the only way out for a failing cosmetics company.

Director: Paul Almond
Stars: Alfred Burke, Zena Marshall, Oliver Johnston
The Uncanny (1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.

Director: Denis Héroux
Stars: Peter Cushing, Ray Milland, Joan Greenwood
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two beautiful look-alike women, one a rich socialite, the other a high-end call girl, switch places to gain new experiences.

Directors: Gérard Loubeau, Radley Metzger
Stars: Carol Levy, Victor Bevine, Shannah Hall
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotizes his assistant to make him commit the required crimes.

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Michael Gough, June Cunningham, Graham Curnow
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1905, Lord Henry Loam, his family and his servants are shipwrecked on a deserted island where the survival of the fittest renders the rigid class system irrelevant.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker
Venom (1981)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Terrorists in the process of kidnapping a child get trapped in a house with an extremely deadly snake.

Director: Piers Haggard
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Movie stars Ben Lyon and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers are mentioned several times. See more »

Goofs

One of the characters -played by Daniel Massey- just disappears from the film without explanation. He is seen after Carol Lynley is attacked in her room but then isn't seen again, isn't murdered, isn't around at the end, and isn't referred to by anyone. See more »

Quotes

[Harry Blythe and Charlie Wilder meet, and it is obvious that they hate the sight of each other and have done so for a long time]
Allison Crosby: [exasperated] Why don't you two make up and shake hands?
[Charlie walks over to Harry and offers his hand. Grimacing, Harry shakes it]
Dr. Harry Blythe: I never though I'd be able to do *that* without gloves.
Charlie Wilder: Aren't you wearing gloves?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits of the film are shown in the form of Cyrus West (Wilfrid Hyde-White) holding up a series of title cards for the crew credits, followed by silent clips of the main characters with the corresponding actors' names but no character names. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay DVD is the director's cut, which runs 106 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of Katten och kanariefågeln (1961) See more »

User Reviews

 
Intriguing if talky mystery.
3 November 2002 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

If drawing-room-type murder mysteries with a comic touch are your cup of tea, then you can't go wrong with this one. It's not as good as, say, "Murder by Death" or the best Agatha Christie adaptations, and there are some overly talky sequences that exist mainly to showcase the actors and lead nowhere. But it holds your interest, and has some very good acting, especially by Wilfrid Hyde-White in a most unusual cameo. (**1/2)


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat and the Canary See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Grenadier Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed