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The relatives of Cyrus West gather at his estate on the 20th anniversary of his death to hear the reading of his will. Annabelle West (Laura La Plante) is named the heir to Cyrus' fortune, under the condition that she is declared sane by a doctor (Lucien Littlefield). Later in the evening, the family is informed that a dangerously insane man known at "the Cat" is on the loose in the area. When Cyrus' lawyer (Tully Marshall) is found dead, Annabelle fears she is the next target.

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Critic Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (1)

  • 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.

    October 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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."

    October 8, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [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, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    VERY funny & creepy silent film
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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