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The Cat and the Canary (1927)


7.8
Cat and the Canary (1927)

Overview

Production co: (as Universal Jewel)

82 min (USA)  3 September 1927 (Mexico)

Library synopsis: [En] The opening, as a hand lovingly brushes away the cobwebs to reveal the credits, is magnificient. In an old dark house with spiky battlements perched gothically on a hilltop. old Cyrus West cringes in an armchair, menaced by shadows that become huge medicine bottles with monstrous cats (his relatives) snarling, spitting and weaving between them. Written by Phil Hardy

Director:

Cult stars: , ,

Cult relevance index: 7.4 / 10

Note: ⌂ Writer/director Robert F. Hill not only wrote the adaptation for this film but also served as a sort of assistant/associate director for  .  |  The play on which this film is based opened in New York on 7 February 1922 at the National Theater. It closed in May 1922 after 148 performances. |  Version of The Cat Creeps (1930), La voluntad del muerto (1930), The Cat and the Canary (1927), The cat and the Canary (1939), The Cat and the Canary (1978) |  References Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920), Lucien Littlefield is made up to look like Caligari.
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Essential inner links and references

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Horror [UK / 1996] (bk)  |  Il Cinema Northern [Italy / 1996] (bk)  |   Cine Fantástico y de Terror Alemán (1913-1927) [Spain / 2002] (bk)  |  Mad Doctors, Monsters and Mummies [UK / 1991] (bk)  |  Midi – Minuit Fantastique [France / Nr. 9 - July 1964] (mg)  |  Monster Memories [USA / Nr. 1 - January 1993] (mg)  |  Mad Movies [France / Nr. 16 - October 1977](fz)  |  Monster Bis [France / Nr. 120 - Le Gothique a L'Anglo-Saxonne] (fz)

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CertificationSpain:7 (2011) / Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1927) / Portugal:17 (director's cut) / USA:Unrated
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Release dateMexico 3 September 1927 | USA 9 September 1927 | Finland 22 January 1928 | Portugal 30 April 1929 | Portugal 1 May 1965 (limited) | Netherlands 25 November 2011
Also known asA macska és a kanári Hungary | De kat en de kanarie Netherlands (literal title) | El gato y el canario Mexico | El legado tenebroso Spain | En fasansfull natt Sweden | Gespenster im Schloß Austria | Il castello degli spettri Italy | Keskiyöllä Finland | Kissa ja kanarialintu Finland | La volonté du mort France | O Gato e o Canário Brazil | O Legado Tenebroso Portugal | Spuk im Schloss Germany | Zwischen elf und elf Austria
Filming locationsUniversal Studios Hollywood - 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City, California, USA
Box office/businessFilming Dates: December 1926 - January 1927 | Copyright Holder: Universal Pictures Corp., 31 March 1927, LP23813
Production company
Distribution companyUniversal Pictures (1927) (USA) (theatrical) | Croeze en Bosman (1927) (Netherlands) (theatrical) | Image Entertainment (1997) (USA) (video) (laserdisc) | Image Entertainment (1998) (USA) (DVD) | Alpha Video Distributors (2004) (USA) (DVD) | Reel Media International (2004) (worldwide) (VHS) | Image Entertainment (2005) (USA) (DVD) | Kino Video (2004) (USA) (DVD) (For Photoplay Productions) | Kino Video (2007) (USA) (DVD) (Slim case iIncluded in "American Silent Horror Collection") | Reel Media International (2007) (worldwide) (all media) | Versus Entertainment (2011) (Spain) (DVD) | Budget Video (USA) (VHS) | Grapevine Video (USA) (VHS) | Kino Video (USA) (VHS) | Movies Unlimited (USA) (VHS) | Nostalgia Video (USA) (VHS) | Video Yesteryear (USA) (VHS)
RuntimeUSA: 82 min | Italy: 75 min | 108 min (16 fps)
Technical specificationsSound Mix: Silent | Color: Black and White | Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1 | Film length (metres): 2350 m (8 reels) | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm | Cinematographic process: Spherical | Printed film format: 35 mm

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