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

How much farther?

Soon now.

Anyone else living round

the old Norman place,

besides Miss Lu?


That woman, the Creole who

was with him when he died.

Do you know her?


Anyone else living there?

No people.

There it is.


Come back for me

in two hours, hmm?


No more ride

for you tonight.


But listen...


How do you do,

Mr. Crosby?

How are you, Miss Lu?

Are the others here?

Not yet.

Clock's fast.

It stopped when

the master died.

You let it remain just

that way for 10 years?

Nothing has been

changed here.

Everything is

just as he left it.

He would've

wanted it that way.

Yes, and everything will be

the way he wanted it tonight.

We'll read his will

in the library at midnight,

just 10 years

from the time he died.

But that's the end, Miss Lu. A dead

man can't stop the clock forever.

There'll be a change

from now on.


You ought to be glad. It must've been

rather lonely here all these years.

I'm never lonely.

I've got my friends.


Yes, my friends!

From the other world.

There are always murmurs.

The house is full of murmurs.

They tell me things.

Oh, you believe

in spirits, huh?

Well, have they told you that the

heirs and I have to stay here all night?

I've prepared for it.

Some of them

are coming now.

You've got

sharp ears, Miss Lu.

Why, it's not

at all involved.

We are second cousins

once removed.

Our great aunt Elizabeth

was very...

Well, how should I

put it, very, uh...


Well, at any rate,

she had a large family.


Don't exaggerate,



What are you

talking about?



to you.

Why did old man Norman want

to live in this dismal place?

Well, of course, Cyrus

was somewhat eccentric.

What you mean

is plain cuckoo.

Young man, have you no

respect for a dead relative?

None whatever,

unless of course he happened

to make me his sole heir.

I doubt that.

Cyrus always professed

a great weakness for me.

Yeah, you said

he was eccentric.


There it is, just as Mr. Norman

put it there 10 years ago.

Exactly as he

put it there.

Hello, this envelope

has been tampered with.

Both of them.

Somebody must have opened

the safe and read the will.

How could they? Nobody knows

how to open the safe but you.

Well, I didn't do it.

You aren't suspicioning

me, are you, Mr. Crosby?

Well, if anyone tried to

change it, he wasted his time.

I made a duplicate of the

will, at Mr. Norman's request,

and put it in the vault of the

Trust Company in New Orleans.

Someone at

the front door.

See who it is.

And mind you,

say nothing about this.

Good evening.

So, you're still here.




I know Miss Tilbury, and you,

Miss Cicily, but who are you?

Fred Blythe,

one of the family.

You must be the old boy's

housekeeper they talk about.

I was very devoted

to Mr. Norman,

which is more than

his family can say.


I don't think I'm going to like it here.

Shh. Don't say

a word.

Are we the first

to arrive?

Lawyer Crosby is

in the library.

What happened?

Sometimes they get

into the machinery.

Sometimes who gets into

the machinery, Aunt Sue?

How should I know?

Oh, so it's you,

Miss Tilbury. Cicily.

Evening, Fred.


Excuse me.

Hello. Hello, Charlie,

nice to see you again.

Thanks, Mr. Crosby.

Same here.

He's pretty, isn't he?

Does he belong to us?

Yes, dear, second cousin twice

removed on his father's side.

Hello, Aunt Susan.


This is your

cousin Cicily.

I'm so glad.

How do you do?

And here's Fred.


Do we have to

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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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