The Cat and the Canary

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In Brief: The classic tale of relatives gathering at an old mansion for a late-night reading of the will — one of those documents with an alternate heir that is little short of an invitation to drive the real heir (or heiress in this case) insane in order to usurp the inheritance. Still shuddery, with tons of atmosphere and horrific set-pieces — and a liberal dose of comedy. Paul Leni’s 1927 film version of John Willard’s 1922 stage play The Cat and the Canary is not the first of the “Old Dark House” films (nor was the play the first theatrical incarnation of the sub-genre). It is, however, the best, the most important, the most defining and the most influential. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on March 27, 2012.
Genre: Old Dark House Horror Comedy
Director: Paul Leni
Starring: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley, Tully Marshall, Gertrude Astor, Flora Finch, Arthur Edmund Carewe
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen The Cat and the Canary on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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