The Cat and the Canary (1927) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cat and the Canary1927

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
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 (25) | Top Critics (8)

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 6, 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 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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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 6, 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

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

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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