The Black Cat (1934) - Plot Summary Poster


Plot Summary

  • Honeymooning in Hungary, Joan and Peter Allison share their train compartment with Dr. Vitus Verdegast, a courtly but tragic man who is returning to the remains of the town he defended before becoming a prisoner of war for fifteen years. When their hotel-bound bus crashes in a mountain storm and Joan is injured, the travellers seek refuge in the home, built fortress-like upon the site of a bloody battlefield, of famed architect Hjalmar Poelzig. There, cat-phobic Verdegast learns his wife's fate, grieves for his lost daughter, and must play a game of chess for Allison's life.

    - Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>
  • Traveling by train in Hungary on their honeymoon, Joan and Peter Alison meet Dr. Vitus Wendergast who is on a voyage home after being incarcerated as a prisoner of war for 15 years. At their destination, they share a hotel bus but an accident leaves Joan slightly injured and they soon find themselves as guests in the home of Hjalmar Poelzig, the man Wendergast blames not only for his incarceration but for taking away his beloved wife and daughter.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.

    - Written by Rich Wannen <Wannen@swbell.net>


The movie opens with the airplane circling the Earth, A Universal Picture, logo, and the title and credits...

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