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The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Cast: Laura La Plante, Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, more...
Director: Paul Leni, Paul Leni
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Silent, Classic Horror, Classic Horror, Silent Horror, Silent Horror
Running Time: 85 min.
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
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 creepy old mansion. Nervous Creighton Hale appoints himself LaPlante's protector--a far from simple job, given the many hidden panels and revolving doors which festoon the house. When the lawyer is murdered, LaPlante is the principle suspect. Cat and the Canary was remade as The Cat Creeps in 1930, and under its own title in 1939 (with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard) and 1979. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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