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
Running time 98 min

The Cat and the Canary is a film 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.

Plot synopsis[edit]

When an elderly man dies, the remainder of his relatives gather to hear the reading of the will. When it is read by his attorney, the old man, via recorded film, 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...[1]


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


  1. ^ "The Cat and the Canary > Overview". Allmovie. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 

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