The Cat and the Canary (1979 film)

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The Cat and the Canary
Theatrical poster
Directed by Radley Metzger
Produced by Richard Gordon
Written by John Willard (play)
Radley Metzger (adaptation)
Starring Honor Blackman
Michael Callan
Edward Fox
Wendy Hiller
Olivia Hussey
Wilfred Hyde-White
Beatrix Lehmann
Carol Lynley
Daniel Massey
Peter McEnery
Music by Steven Cagan
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Edited by Roger Harrison
Distributed by Grenadier Films
Release dates
  • 1978 (1978)
Running time
98 min

The Cat and the Canary is a comedy horror film directed by Radley Metzger released in 1978. It is an adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. The play has previously been filmed several times, the first being a 1927 silent film version.


On the 20th anniversary of his death, the remaining relatives of Cyrus West (Wilfred Hyde-White) are called to his mansion to view the filmed reading of his will. Cyrus reveals that Annabelle West (Carol Lynley) is to be the sole beneficiary, stipulating that in order to claim the inheritance she must spend the night in the house with the rest of the family and be deemed sane the next morning. A doctor from the asylum up the road, Hendricks (Edward Fox) then arrives and informs the guests that a homicidal maniac, who thinks he is a cat, has escaped and is hiding out in the area. With a history of insanity in the family, a mansion replete with secret rooms and corridors and "The Cat" murderer on the loose, the night becomes a tale of murder, mystery and suspense.


Actor Role
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 Harry Blythe
Peter McEnery Charlie Wilder
Wilfrid Hyde-White Cyrus West


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