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The Case of the Black Cat (1936)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Drama  |  31 October 1936 (USA)
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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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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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Clue Club #9: The Case of the Black Cat  »

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Trivia

After appearing in earlier entries as Spudsy Drake, Perry's detective assistant/friend is now refereed to as Paul Drake. 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: [Working on a crossword puzzle] I tell you what I'll do, Della. I'll settle for a seven letter word beginning with S meaning lawyer.
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Perry Mason: Getting a bit fresh, aren't we, Della?
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Excellent!
14 October 2003 | by (Peoria, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Excellent pre-Raymond Burr filming of a Perry Mason novel! I was lucky enough to see this on TCM (since it isn't on video). At first I wasn't expecting much, but found Ricardo Cortez to be an excellent Perry Mason! Why Warner Brothers didn't keep him for other movies in the series I don't know! That's probably why Perry Mason wasn't that successful until the tv series came along. It would be nice to see this title on DVD.


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