The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Article #18 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 4-2-2001
Posting date: 8-16-2001

Relatives gather at an old dark house for the reading of a will. The money goes to Annabelle, providing that she is sane. Then mysterious things begin to happen which only Annabelle notices, and when she tries to explain them to others, they doubt her sanity. Is it a plot by someone to get the inheritance. . .?

As you can tell by the above description, this story is loaded with “old dark house” cliches; having encountered the same story umpteen times before, and noticing early on that I didn’t exactly have a pristine copy of the movie, I settled down to what I thought was going to be a long hard ride. To my surprise, I found the movie charming and genuinely amusing, with everyone involved really getting into the sense of fun. This is a movie I’m glad to have seen, and plan to watch again.

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