The Cat and the Canary
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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. Also crucial to the inheritance is the insistence that all the heirs spend the night in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Not exactly a horror film, at least by any strict definition. But it is a great deal of fun."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The sort of creepy movie that is perhaps best thought of as spooky fun -- and 85 years have not changed that."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Stylishly well-executed old-fashioned horror-suspense thriller that's laced with a macabre humor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Transposing the expressionist panache of Weimar cinema, Leni responded with one of the most influential classics of the Hollywood horror genre."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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