Can’t convince ’em? Confuse ’em! (Or at least creep ’em out.) Animated GIF


Have you ever had someone (thinking they are terribly clever) look at you and ask, “Don’t you like any living actors?” Of course you have. Classic movie fans get this all the time. Sure, you can humor the louts but why not just give them an eerie grin and say what Martha Mattox says in The Cat and the Canary?

“I don’t need the living ones.”

As a bonus, you may scare away the pest, which is a very nice added feature. For maximum impact, shine a flashlight under your chin whilst standing in a dark room.

(You can read my full-length review of the wonderful horror-comedy here.)

Availability: The Cat and the Canary is one of those silent films with a collection of very good home video options. The Photoplay restoration released by Kino features a lovely, crisp foreign-release print and a really first-rate score by Neil Brand. The Image release uses slightly less crisp American footage but there are subtle differences in the shots used. A real nerd should have both. A lesser nerd will be perfectly happy with either release.

8 Replies to “Can’t convince ’em? Confuse ’em! (Or at least creep ’em out.) Animated GIF”

  1. Fritzi, having watched other versions of THE CAT & The CANARY (Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard’s early version), I really enjoyed your silent version and your witty comments! Great job, and have a great weekend! 😀

  2. Somehow, someway, I’m going to use that line this week, whether it be at work, at a restaurant, or perhaps shouted at the top of my lungs at the local library. Thanks, Fritzi!

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