113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
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Wed, Thur, & Fri:
Noon - 4:30pm
109 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
(Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)
Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Cat & the Canary
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
General Admission: $15 Adults $5 Students
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The Cat and the Canary is a 1927 American silent horror film adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. The plot revolves around the estate of Cyrus West, uncle to Annabelle, Charlie, and Paul. As death approaches, West’s greedy family descends upon him like "cats around a canary". In retaliation, Cyrus places a condition on his will – it shall not be read until 20 years after his death. Eventually, Annabelle inherits her uncle's fortune, but when she and her family spend the night in his mansion they are stalked by a mysterious figure. Meanwhile, a lunatic known as "the Cat" escapes from an asylum near the mansion.
The film is part of a genre of comedy horror films inspired by 1920s Broadway stage plays. Paul Leni's adaptation of Willard's play blended expressionism with humor, a style for which Leni was noted and critics recognized as unique. Leni's style of directing made The Cat and the Canary influential in the "old dark house" genre of films popular from the 1930s through the 1950s. The film was one of Universal's early horror productions and is considered "the cornerstone of Universal's school of horror." The play has been filmed five other times, with the most notable in 1939 starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard. If you are a true horror movie aficionado you need to see the 1927 original!
The film will be masterfully accompanied on the Ironwood Theatre’s Barton organ by organist supremo Andrew Rogers from Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre. Not to be missed, and a great way to get into the spirit of Halloween – mark your calendar now.