The Cat and the Canary


The Cat and the Canary (1927)


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Creaky, but enduring expressionistic suspenser is the classic "old dark house" movie as sundry characters converge at an ominous mansion for the reading of a will. Remade three times in the sound era, this silent version starring Laura LaPlante is considered the definitive rendering. Beware of inferior prints.

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Laura Laplante
as Annabelle West
Laura La Plante
as Annabelle West
Creighton Hale
as Paul Jones
Tully Marshall
as Roger Crosby
Forrest Stanley
as Charlie Wilder
Gertrude Astor
as Cecily Young
Flora Finch
as Susan Sillsby
Martha Mattox
as Mammy Pleasant
Lucien Littlefield
as Dr. Patterson
Joe Murphy
as Milkman
Billy Engle
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

[This] adroitly atmospheric film is virtually an ideogram of narrative suspension and impact, and it's a lovely, musty, nightened place to visit.

Oct 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.

Oct 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.

Mar 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Hugely entertaining.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Like most spoofs, it wears thin fairly quickly.

Apr 26, 2001 | Full Review…

Plays with cinematic form and representation like few movies of any style have gotten away with under the aegis of a big Hollywood studio.

Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cat and the Canary

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
Aj V

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