The Cat and the Canary

Synopsis: Ten years have passed since the death of millionaire, Cyrus Norman. Cosby, Cyrus' attorney, has gathered Cyrus' 6 remaining relatives to his New Orleans' mansion for Cyrus' "reading of the will". To the others disappointment, Joyce is the sole heir, but, due to a streak of insanity running in the family, a second will has been made in case Joyce falls victim to it. This puts Joyce in danger. Suddenly, Miss Lu, Cyrus' maid, appears and warns them that the spirits have told her that one of them will die that night. Following this, Hendrick, a prison guard, warns them that, "The Cat", a homicidal maniac has escaped. This sets up Cyrus' relatives with a night filled with murders, mysteries and intrigue.
Director(s): Elliott Nugent
Production: Paramount Pictures
72 min

shake hands?

Oh, come now, boys, whatever

the quarrel is between you two...

No quarrel

on my side.



All right,

skip it.

When are you going to read the will?

As soon as

the others arrive.

What others? Of course, there's Joyce.

Yes, Joyce Norman.

Joyce... Is she the one that

draws pictures for the magazines?

Mmm-hmm. The other's

Wally Campbell.

Wally Campbell,

the actor?

On the radio?

The original


Well, maybe I'm going to

like this place after all.


I'm not really frightened,

I'm just naturally nervous.

Eating in restaurants

all the time,

up half the night

playing Chinese checkers.

Besides, this is

my first sea voyage.

You seem like the jolly type,

Clarence. Do you like jokes?

You don't mind if I

ramble on, do you?

It kinda keeps my mind

off the malaria germs.

Anyway, here's one.

A farmer had a cow, see,

but he couldn't afford to feed

it alfalfa, so he fed it sawdust.

He saved a lot

of money, all right,

but he sure wasted

plenty of time

getting the splinters

out of the milk.

Doesn't that just...

Splinters, milk.

Don't you get it?

Hmm. Heard it last year.

Jack Benny Program.

Yes, Cyrus Canby Norman died

in that room across the hall,

hating all his

close relatives.

Well, he certainly

didn't hate me.

And if Cyrus turned against any of

us, I know where to put the blame.

It was the influence

of that...

What is it,

Miss Lu?

Mr. Campbell is here.

Introducing your favorite

and mine, Wally Campbell.

May I join the party?

I was invited.

I hear old Uncle Cyrus's

ghost is holding bank night.

Oh, I'm sorry,

just a pleasantry.

Hello, Mr. Crosby.

Hello, Wally.

This is your cousin,

Miss Susan Tilbury.

I'm charmed. How do you do? He's the actor.

Your cousin,

Cicily Young.

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Walter DeLeon

Walter DeLeon (May 3, 1884 – August 1, 1947) was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 69 films that were released between 1921 and 1953, and acted in one film. He was born in Oakland, California, and died in Los Angeles, California. more…

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