The family of Ambrose West go to his castle on the Hudson to attend a reading of his will at midnight, just 20 years after his death. His will designates that Annabelle West is his sole heir if there is no indication that she suffers from insanity. Should she be unsound of mind, a second will is to be opened naming a different heir. The family endeavors to unbalance Annabelle with tales of lunatics, murders, and death strikes. Everyone among the possible heirs is suspected, but not until the final fall of the curtain is the extraordinary mystery solved.
THE CAT AND THE CANARY first appeared at the National Theatre in New York on February 7, 1922.