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When an elderly man dies, some of his relatives gather to hear the reading of the will. When it is read by his attorney, the old man lets it be known how much he despised and loathed his worthless kin. As a result, his will is structured in such a way as to set up a dogfight between his potential heirs as to who will collect his fortune.Written by
Website 'Horrorview' has said of the development of this movie: "The project came about through [director Radley] Metzger's long-time association with producer Richard Gordon. The two had met back when Gordon had employed Metzger to direct the English language versions of the films he was importing from Europe at the time; and when Metzger began directing his own movies, the two talked about eventually working together at some point. Years later - when Gordon was looking to cash-in on the recent success of a series of Agatha Christie movie adaptations such as Death on the Nile (1978) - they finally got their chance to collaborate. The Cat and the Canary (1978) turned out to be the perfect vehicle...". See more »
After Hendricks is shot fatally three times by Paul, he is still breathing. See more »
The credits of the film are shown in the form of Cyrus West (Wilfrid Hyde-White) holding up a series of title cards for the crew credits, followed by silent clips of the main characters with the corresponding actors' names but no character names. See more »
The Anchor Bay DVD is the director's cut, which runs 106 minutes. See more »
This film version of greedy relatives gathering for the reading of a will has been crucified in some corners as a pale shadow of the original, or if not the original the Bob Hope version. While certainly no classic this is a fun retelling of the story that works because the cast is so enjoyable to watch and because the old story works even if its done half way decently.
This was the first version of the story that I ever saw. Endless reruns on HBO years ago have burned portions of this film into my mind, but I didn't mind since the film was just a good time passer.
No, its not perfect. The 1970's retro feel that it has doesn't really work and makes the film feel like it doesn't belong anywhere. There were several films in the 1970's set in the 20's, 30's or 40's that suffered similar fates, particularly if they had any European connections. This is not the place to discuss it, but when you see this film you'll understand what I mean.
And you should see this since its good but far from great. Is this the version if you can only see one go at the story? No, that would probably be the Bob Hope version, but if you want something for a rainy Sunday that won't tax the brain, this is it.
7 out of 10 on the pure enjoyment scale.
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