American Silent Horror Collection

American Silent Horror Collection

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Director: Bret Wood, John S. Robertson, Paul Leni, Wallace Worsley Sr.

Cast: Bret Wood, John S. Robertson, Paul Leni, Wallace Worsley Sr.

     
 
Frank Willard's barn-storming stage melodrama Cat and the Canary was filmed four times over a fifty-year period. This silent 1927 version stars Laura LaPlante as one of several potential heirs to a huge fortune. Brought to a foreboding mansion on the 20th anniversary of their eccentric benefactor's death, the heirs must sit in silence as the lawyer (Tully

Overview

Frank Willard's barn-storming stage melodrama Cat and the Canary was filmed four times over a fifty-year period. This silent 1927 version stars Laura LaPlante as one of several potential heirs to a huge fortune. Brought to a foreboding mansion on the 20th anniversary of their eccentric benefactor's death, the heirs must sit in silence as the lawyer (Tully Marshall) recites the terms of the will. The legacy hinges upon three sealed letters, each to be opened at a strategic point in the evening. Also crucial to the inheritance is the insistence that all the heirs spend the night in the creepy old mansion. Nervous Creighton Hale appoints himself LaPlante's protector--a far from simple job, given the many hidden panels and revolving doors which festoon the house. When the lawyer is murdered, LaPlante is the principle suspect. Cat and the Canary was remade as The Cat Creeps in 1930, and under its own title in 1939 (with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard) and 1979.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
UPC:
0738329057220
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
7:06:00

Special Features

The Man Who Laughs: ; None specified; ; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: ; Stan Laurel one reeler; Dr. Pykle and Mr. Pride; Rare audio restoration of "The Transformation Scene"; Excerpts from the rival 1920 version; Illustrated essay on the origins of the story; .... and more!; ; The Cat and the Canary: ; None specified; ; The Penalty: ; A tour of Chaney's makeup case and Penalty props; Original trailers; Rare Chaney footage; Stills; By the Sun's Rays: a complete 1914 short ; "Making of" essay and more!; ; Kingdom of Shadows: ; None specified

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Conrad Veidt Gwynplaine
John Barrymore Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Laura La Plante Annabelle West
Montgomery Carlyle Actor
Rod Steiger Narrator
Creighton Hale Paul Jones
Martha Mansfield Millicent Carew
Mary Philbin Dea
Wilson Hummell Actor
Doris Pawn Barbary Nell
Forrest Stanley Charles Wilder
Nita Naldi Miss Gina
Olga Baclanova Duchess Josiana
Josephine Crowell Queen Anne
Lee Phelps cop
Louis Wolheim Music Hall Proprietor
Tully Marshall Roger Crosby the Lawyer
Cecil Clovelly Edward Enfield
Claire Adams Barbara
George Siegmann Dr. Hardqucinnone
Gertrude Astor Cecily Young

Technical Credits
Bret Wood Director
John S. Robertson Director
Paul Leni Director
Wallace Worsley Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Man Who Laughs
1. Opening Titles [3:48]
2. A Father's Fate [3:21]
3. Abandoned Child [8:02]
4. Travelling Players [4:40]
5. Southwark Fair [4:56]
6. A Word for the Duchess [6:00]
7. The Scandal Starts [10:46]
8. Command Performance [8:46]
9. A Chance for Love [9:05]
10. A Private Audience [10:00]
11. Under Arrest [7:31]
12. The Show Must Go On [7:36]
13. A Peer of England [5:51]
14. A Little Surprise [7:35]
15. Gwynplaine's Flight [12:41]
Disc #2 -- Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
1. Opening Titles [4:20]
2. The Human Repair Shop [9:06]
3. The Music Hall [9:22]
4. The Transformation [6:28]
5. A Place to Hyde [7:32]
6. Victims of Depravity [3:33]
7. Den of Iniquity [7:40]
8. Seeking the Secret [4:28]
9. The Beast Unleashed [9:20]
10. The Cure [3:42]
11. The Creeping Horror [5:30]
12. Millicent's Discovery [6:32]
Disc #3 -- The Cat and the Canary
1. Opening Titles [6:11]
2. The Gathering [7:26]
3. The Last to Arrive [4:06]
4. The Reading of the Will [6:04]
5. An Evil Omen [7:37]
6. The First Victim [6:56]
7. Lights Out [13:12]
8. Night Visitor [5:44]
9. Sleuthing [6:13]
10. The Doctor [5:31]
11. The Lunatic [3:43]
12. Unmasked [7:07]
Disc #4 -- The Penalty
1. Opening Titles [8:02]
2. Blizzard-Lord and Master [5:58]
3. Underworld Industrialist [8:59]
4. Youthful Passions [6:12]
5. Auditioning Satan [6:48]
6. Blizzard's Suspicions [10:03]
7. Rose's Secret Revealed [6:54]
8. Organized Chaos [9:25]
9. Blizzard's Confession [7:10]
10. The Beast Takes Action [11:18]
11. Under the Knife [3:31]
12. The Tyrant's Hand Relaxed [5:11]
Disc #5 -- Kingdom of Shadows - The Rise of the Horror Film
1. Opening Titles [4:11]
2. Holy Terrors [6:08]
3. The Inquisitors [6:02]
4. Mad Science [7:07]
5. The Golem [4:58]
6. Mental Torments [3:18]
7. Carnal Fears [4:48]
8. Sleep [3:53]
9. The Divine Edgar [6:33]
10. The Doppelgänger [2:30]
11. The Shadow Kingdom [2:17]
12. The Visual Stylists [4:37]
13. Carnivals of Horror [4:43]
14. Revealing the Monster [2:56]
15. Man of a Thousand Faces [1:04]
16. Conclusion [5:04]

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