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The Cat and the Canary (1978)

A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose.

Director:

Radley Metzger

Writers:

Radley Metzger (screenplay), John Willard (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Honor Blackman ... Susan Sillsby
Michael Callan ... Paul Jones
Edward Fox ... Hendricks
Wendy Hiller ... Allison Crosby
Olivia Hussey ... Cicily Young
Beatrix Lehmann ... Mrs. Pleasant
Carol Lynley ... Annabelle West
Daniel Massey ... Dr. Harry Blythe
Peter McEnery ... Charlie Wilder
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Cyrus West (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Storyline

When an elderly man dies, some of his relatives gather to hear the reading of the will. When it is read by his attorney, the old man lets it be known how much he despised and loathed his worthless kin. As a result, his will is structured in such a way as to set up a dogfight between his potential heirs as to who will collect his fortune. Written by Alfred Jingle

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For God's sake, stay in your rooms and lock the doors!

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Comedy | Mystery | Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El gato y el canario See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Grenadier Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 1939 version of The Cat and the Canary (1939) and The Ghost Breakers (1940) were Walt Disney's inspiration for the "Haunted Mansion" amusement park attraction which itself got adapted as a film with The Haunted Mansion (2003). See more »

Goofs

Cyrus West's film apparently runs for the whole duration of the dinner that the relatives eat, with no visible changing of reels and phonograph cylinders. It is impossible for a 35 mm (or even 16 mm) film to run for this length without a change of reel, especially as the take-up reel which is visible on the projector looks to be only about 3 inches in diameter. See more »

Quotes

[Harry Blythe and Charlie Wilder meet, and it is obvious that they hate the sight of each other and have done so for a long time]
Allison Crosby: [exasperated] Why don't you two make up and shake hands?
[Charlie walks over to Harry and offers his hand. Grimacing, Harry shakes it]
Dr. Harry Blythe: I never though I'd be able to do *that* without gloves.
Charlie Wilder: Aren't you wearing gloves?
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Crazy Credits

The credits of the film are shown in the form of Cyrus West (Wilfrid Hyde-White) holding up a series of title cards for the crew credits, followed by silent clips of the main characters with the corresponding actors' names but no character names. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Anchor Bay DVD is the director's cut, which runs 106 minutes. See more »

Connections

Version of The Cat Creeps (1930) See more »

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Old warhorse still has legs
23 January 2001 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

This old theatrical warhorse gets another outing in what is (to date) the only colour version of a classic play.

There are some pleasantly swish performances from a good cast and neat direction from Metzger. Film takes a while to get going but the last reel packs in the action.

Wilfred Hyde-White's appearance on film is a nice touch and he even gets to "host" the end credits. But the best moment is Edward Fox's spectacular entrance and his scene-stealing thereafter : a moment to treasure, especially his delivery of the line "We're just up the road"! (It'll make sense when you watch it).


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