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The Cat and the Canary

The Cat and the Canary (1927)

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Release Date: Sep 9, 1927 Limited

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Frank Willard's barn-storming stage melodrama Cat and the Canary was filmed four times over a fifty-year period. This silent 1927 version stars Laura LaPlante as one of several potential heirs to a huge fortune. Brought to a foreboding mansion on the 20th anniversary of their eccentric benefactor's death, the heirs must sit in silence as the lawyer (Tully Marshall) recites the terms of the will. The legacy hinges upon three sealed letters, each to be opened at a strategic point in the evening.

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Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Nov 13, 1998

Universal Pictures

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Not exactly a horror film, at least by any strict definition. But it is a great deal of fun.

September 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Stylishly well-executed old-fashioned horror-suspense thriller that's laced with a macabre humor.

June 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Transposing the expressionist panache of Weimar cinema, Leni responded with one of the most influential classics of the Hollywood horror genre.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

The sort of creepy movie that is perhaps best thought of as spooky fun -- and 85 years have not changed that.

November 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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This isn't just one of those average murder mysteries where the family vies for the inheritance of the old man's will, it's actually got ghosts and a ghoulish hand creeping everyone out, and a guy who's on the look out for a maniac that escaped from the loony bin. This movie is creepy and funny, I enjoyed it, and I recommend it.
December 23, 2010
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