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The Black Cat (1941)

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Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death.

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Hubert A. Gilmore 'Gil' Smith
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Anne Gwynne ...
Elaine Winslow
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Myrna Hartley
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Abigail Doone
Cecilia Loftus ...
Henrietta Winslow
Claire Dodd ...
Margaret Gordon
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Stanley Borden
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Richard Hartley
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Greedy heirs gather to wait for the death of Henrietta Winslow. Murder, thunder claps, howling cats, gun shots, screams in the night, hidden passages -- all the proper ingredients. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Even Ladd Is Scared!

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2 May 1941 (USA)  »

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El gato negro  »

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$176,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Director Orson Welles saw "The Black Cat" and was so impressed by cinematographer Stanley Cortez's atmospheric lighting and angling that he hired Cortez to photograph The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) which is also set largely inside a Victorian-era mansion. See more »

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Mr. Penny: [referring to Abigail] What a puss! Like a lemon rinse!
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Not The Cat's Meow.
24 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Not connected to the 1934 film with the same name, which also starred Bela Lugosi, who here is wasted in a small role as a grounds-keeper. Typical old dark house film except it's mostly comedy, and tediously unfunny at that. Greedy relatives have gathered in hopes that their elderly relative(Henrietta Winslow) will die, she proves resilient, so someone resorts to murder in order to collect. Basil Rathbone(who looks annoyed), Anne Gwynne, Gladys Cooper, Alan Ladd, and Gale Sondergaard play the hopeful heirs, Broderick Crawford plays a hopeful buyer of the mansion, but it is Hugh Herbert as the supremely annoying Mr. Penny, obsessed with Antiques, that ruins this film irreparably, beating the one joke for 70 minutes! Still, a woman kind to all those cats has my sympathies.


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