The Cat and the Canary (play)

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The Cat and the Canary
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Advertising herald for the
1922 Broadway production
Written by John Willard
Date premiered February 7, 1922 (1922-02-07)
Place premiered National Theatre,
New York City
Original language English
Genre Melodrama
Setting Glencliff Manor on the Hudson

The Cat and the Canary is a 1922 stage play by John Willard, adapted at least four times into feature films, in 1927, 1930, 1939, and again in 1979. The original stage play opened on Broadway February 7, 1922.

Plot[edit]

Florence Eldridge as Anabelle West, imperiled heroine of The Cat and the Canary (1922)

The story concerns the death and inheritance of old Cyrus West, a rich eccentric who felt that his relatives "have watched my wealth as if they were cats, and I — a canary". He decrees that his will be read 20 years after his death, at which point his relatives converge at his old family home, now a spooky old haunted mansion.

The will reads that his most distant relative still bearing the name of West be sole heir, provided they are legally sane. The rest of the night spent in the house calls into question the sanity of Annabelle West, a fragile young woman who is legally Cyrus West's heir.

Production[edit]

Produced by Kilbourn Gordon and directed by Ira Hards, The Cat and the Canary premiered February 7, 1922, at the National Theatre. It ran 349 performances, closing December 2, 1922. The three-act mystery made a return engagement of 40 performances (April 23 – May 26, 1923).[1]

Cast[edit]

The Cat and the Canary cast from left: Blanche Friderici, Henry Hull, Beth Franklyn, Jane Warrington and Florence Eldridge

Publication[edit]

The Cat and the Canary was published by Samuel French in 1921.[3]

Adaptations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Cat and the Canary". Playbill. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Hornblow, Arthur (May 1922). "Mr. Hornblow Goes to the Play". Theatre Magazine. pp. 234–235. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  3. ^ Willard, John (1921). The Cat and the Canary: A Melodrama in Three Acts. New York: Samuel French. OCLC 271434115. 
  4. ^ Jim Hill. "A special what-might-have-been version of Why For". 

External links[edit]

Media related to The Cat and the Canary (play) at Wikimedia Commons