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The Black Cat (1941)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Mystery  -  2 May 1941 (USA)
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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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Montague Hartley
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Mr. Penny
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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
John Eldredge ...
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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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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2 May 1941 (USA)  »

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Crna macka  »

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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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The "Universal Horror Classic Movie Archive" DVD boxed set release of this film includes a reissue trailer from Realart Pictures that moves 'Alan Ladd''s billing up to second (after Basil Rathbone) to take advantage of his later stardom at Paramount. See more »

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Hubert Smith: [driving in the rain over a bumpy road] As an antique dealer, Mr. Penny, what do you think of this road?
Mr. Penny: Oh, I'd hate to meet the worms that made these holes. Whoo-hoo!
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Good scares, laughs and mystery.
3 December 2004 | by (Lake Isabella, CA) – See all my reviews

Rating: *** (of of five)

Greedy family heirs stay at their grandmother's mansion and wait for her to die, so they can collect her money and estate. They later discover that they cannot collect a dime until all of her pet cats are dead as well. Someone in the mansion then begins to murder them one by one. This film has all of the elements of horror. Although it bears a notch below many of the popular horror films released by Universal Pictures, director Albert Rogall's The Black Cat has the "haunted" house scene, a rain storm, secret passage ways and plenty of laughs and scares to make it a good horror film. Basil Rathbone and Broderick Crawford are also both good as the leads, as well as Hugh Herbert providing the laughs. Oscar winner Gale Sondergaard and Bela Lugosi, both playing the servants looked wickedly evil and sinister, and it was my surprise that they were not the murderers when both of their characters were murdered as well. The real killer was a surprise, especially with the premise of the black cat being around at the time of the murders often throws the viewers off. The Black Cat is a good horror film classic with intriguing mystery.


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