The Cat and the Canary

The Cat and the Canary

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Frank Willard's 1927 stage play The Cat and the Canary was filmed several times before this 1978 version saw the light of day. In the story, Annabelle West (Carol Lynley) is one of several potential heirs to a huge fortune. Brought to his foreboding mansion to learn who will benefit from his death, the anxious heirs must sit still for the deceased's taped recitation of his bequests. The dead man, Cyrus West (Wilfred Hyde-White), takes advantage of the occasion to scold his greedy and unpleasant relatives. He leaves behind several posthumous practical jokes which drive his points home. It's a rainy night, the mansion is full of surprises, most of the heirs are an anxious, unpleasant lot, and at least one of them is not above committing murder to have his way.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
UPC: 0089218429391
Original Release: 1927
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 55,620

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura La Plante Annabelle West
Creighton Hale Paul Jones
Forrest Stanley Charles Wilder
Tully Marshall Roger Crosby the Lawyer
Gertrude Astor Cecily Young
Arthur Edmund Carewe Harry Blythe
Flora Finch Susan Sillsby
Martha Mattox Mammy Pleasant
Lucien Littlefield Dr. Patterson
George Siegmann Hendricks
Joe Murphy Milkman
Billy Engle Taxi Driver

Technical Credits
Paul Leni Director
Neil Brand Score Composer
Kevin Brownlow Producer
Martin G. Cohn Editor
Alfred A. Cohn Screenwriter
Charles Hall Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Hill Screenwriter
Paul Kohner Producer
Lloyd Nosler Editor
Patrick Stanbury Producer
Gilbert Warrenton Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [16:58]
2. Chapter 2 [16:31]
3. Chapter 3 [14:43]
4. Chapter 4 [17:00]
5. Chapter 5 [15:25]
6. Chapter 6 [19:27]

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The Cat and the Canary 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This murder mystery is great without the gore, which I happen to dislike. Heirs are gathered in a house for the reading of the will of a rich man. And someone starts killing. Great ending. Love this movies.