The Cat and the Canary
The Cat and the Canary (1927)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

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

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

Hugely entertaining.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

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

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Tim Purtell
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Like most spoofs, it wears thin fairly quickly.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stylishly well-executed old-fashioned horror-suspense thriller that's laced with a macabre humor.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Ronald Bergan
Radio Times

Moodily shot, this classic "old dark house" picture is played mostly for laughs.

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Transposing the expressionist panache of Weimar cinema, Leni responded with one of the most influential classics of the Hollywood horror genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
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… More