The Cat and the Canary
1927, Comedy/Mystery & thriller, 1h 15m25 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for The Cat and the Canary
Mr. Leni has screened this ordinary melodrama in so masterly a fashion as to place it among the productions which must been seen by any one interested in moving pictures.
What distinguishes Universal's film version of the C-C play is Paul Leni's intelligent handling of a weird theme, introducing some of his novel settings and ideas with which he became identified.
It is greatly to the credit of the producer of The Cat and the Canary, Mr. Paul Leni, that he has succeeded in making it undeniably "spooky."
[This] adroitly atmospheric film is virtually an ideogram of narrative suspension and impact, and it's a lovely, musty, nightened place to visit.October 20, 2014 | Full Review…
What makes Canary sing is Leni's pioneering mix of spooky expressionism and light comedy, fabulous camera work, and nice turns from Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, and Martha Mattox.October 20, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
It is not only in actual cinematic effects that Mr. Leni's work is telling; there are sequences in the story which reveal his absolute command of the players.March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Cat and the Canary
Dec 23, 2010This 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.Aj V Super Reviewer
Oct 20, 2009VERY funny & creepy silent filmBrody M Super Reviewer
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