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The Case of the Black Cat (1936)

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An bedridden eccentric millionaire, anticipating his own murder, hires Mason to help him rewrite his will, and the lawyer ends up defending the caretaker's cat.

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June Travis ...
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Wilma Laxter
Craig Reynolds ...
Frank Oafley
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Douglas Keene
Bill Elliott ...
Sam Laxter (as Gordon Elliott)
Nedda Harrigan ...
Nurse Louise DeVoe
Garry Owen ...
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Peter Laxter
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Charles Ashton
Gordon Hart ...
Dr. Jacobs
Clarence Wilson ...
Mr. Shuster
Guy Usher ...
Lottie Williams ...
Mrs. Pixley
Harry Hayden ...
Reverend Stillwell
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Lawyer Perry Mason is summoned to the Laxter mansion in the dead of night to write granddaughter Wilma out of invalid Peter Laxter's will, to keep her from marrying suspected fortune hunter Doug. Peter dies in a mysterious fire and Laxter's two grandsons, Sam Laxter and Frank Oafley, inherit his estate on the condition old caretaker Schuster and his cat Clinker are kept on. When cat-hating Sam threatens Clinker, Perry steps in and learns Laxter's death was suspicious and the family fortune and diamonds are missing. Schuster's found dead in his basement apartment, Laxter's nurse Louise is murdered with Schuster's crutch, and circumstantial evidence brings Doug to trial for Louise's death. Mason's investigation produces a surprise witness who turns the trial around. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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31 October 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Case of the Caretaker's Cat  »

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Trivia

Stuart Holmes is in studio records/casting call lists as "Manager", but he does not appear. See more »

Goofs

The so-called "black" cat of the title is, in fact, a grey, brown, and white calico. See more »

Quotes

Perry Mason: Give me a 7 letter word that starts with S that means lawyer.
Della Street: Shyster.
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Followed by Perry Mason: The Case of the Sinister Spirit (1987) See more »

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Ricardo Cortez made an extremely charming Perry Mason
3 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I admit that I am a hopeless Perry Mason fan. When I was a girl, our family gathered around the TV set every Friday to watch Raymond Burr outwit Hamilton Burger. So when I had a chance to buy the DVD for this movie from e-bay I did it thinking it would be a B movie and that was that. I was very agreeably surprised. Ricardo Cortez made a very, very charming Perry Mason. My first introduction to Mr. Cortez was in an old Bette Davis movie wherein he played a snaky villain. We forget that in those days they had such a thing as good acting so I just thought he was the quiet, sneaky type. But in this Perry Mason movie he is utterly adorable. And it has a pretty fair plot too with quite a neat surprise at the end. I agree with the other comment I too do not understand why they did not make other movies with Mr. Cortez in this role.


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