Video Review: The Cat and the Canary (1927)

The Cat and the Canary is a tried and true silent crowdpleaser. An old dark house comedy, it follows the adventures of a very eccentric group of people spending the night in, you guessed it, an old dark house. I am going to review the film but also share some background on director Paul Leni and the cast. Plus, I will be discussing the talkie revolution and the myths about silent to sound transition. Lots of good stuff, if I do say so myself.


You can read my print review here.


Released on DVD.


4 Replies to “Video Review: The Cat and the Canary (1927)”

  1. Great review! I need to check this one out. Just curious, what do you think of The Old Dark House (1932)? From the way you described this film, it almost sounds like a spiritual sequel with its mix of horror and comedy.

    1. Thank you! I like The Old Dark House very much, especially since I always joke that I am going to be like Rebecca when I get old ;-). The Monster and The Bat are more in this genre. I wish it would come back, old dark house films are a treat to watch.

      1. I liked CLUE and THE PRIVATE EYES but the 1978 remake of THE CAT AND THE CANARY was pretty awful. A thick layer of disco-era sleaze was applied.

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