The Cat and the Canary (1927 film)

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The Cat and the Canary is a 1927 silent film about relatives of an eccentric millionaire who gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Directed by Paul Leni. Written by Alfred A. Cohn and Robert F. Hill, based on John Willard's 1922 play of the same name.
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Roger Crosby: I have come to read the will of Cyrus West. Have any of the heirs arrived yet?
Mammy Pleasant: No, Mr. Crosby.
Roger Crosby: You must have been lonely here these twenty years, Mammy Pleasant.
Mammy Pleasant: I don't need the living ones.

Aunt Susan Sillsby: I'd like to see anybody get out of here.
Aunt Susan Sillsby: I always look under the bed but I've never found anything yet.
Cecily Young: You're not what Aunt Susan expected, but come out anyway.
Paul Jones: I came in here to protect you from the ghost!
Aunt Susan Sillsby: All men are alike, only some are worse. Now you get out!

Annabelle West: What's this all about, Paul?
Paul Jones: Don't interrupt me... I think I'm thinking! The solution of this mystery is in the envelope in Crosby's pocket. The person named in that envelope is the one who murdered Crosby.


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