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Release Date:
2 May 1941 (USA) See more »
Even Ladd Is Scared!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Montague Hartley

Hugh Herbert ... Mr. Penny

Broderick Crawford ... Hubert A. Gilmore 'Gil' Smith

Bela Lugosi ... Eduardo Vigos
Anne Gwynne ... Elaine Winslow

Gladys Cooper ... Myrna Hartley

Gale Sondergaard ... Abigail Doone
Cecilia Loftus ... Henrietta Winslow
Claire Dodd ... Margaret Gordon
John Eldredge ... Stanley Borden

Alan Ladd ... Richard Hartley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Erville Alderson ... Doctor Williams (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Coroner (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... 1st Moving Man (uncredited)
Edgar Sherrod ... Minister (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert S. Rogell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Lees 
Robert Neville 
Edgar Allan Poe  story
Frederic I. Rinaldo 
Eric Taylor 

Produced by
Burt Kelly .... producer
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Stanley Cortez 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Vera West 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Christie .... assistant director
Art Department
Ralph M. DeLacy .... associate art director
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Hal Bumbaugh .... sound technician
William Schwartz .... sound technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Ralph Freed .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Henderson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Jaik Rosenstein .... unit publicity writer (uncredited)

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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Sweden:15

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Fans of Universal films of the 40s will recognize the interiors and exteriors of the Winslow Mansion, which would be utilized in such subsequent Universal releases as "The Night Monster," "The Mummy's Tomb," "The Mummy's Ghost," and "Son of Dracula."See more »
Mr. Penny:[looking at the cats on the grounds after the rainstorm] It looks like it's been raining cats and cats around here.See more »
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Version of Two Evil Eyes (1990)See more »


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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Character name & review., 24 May 1999
Author: Norm Vogel from S. Bound Brook, NJ

The housekeeper's name (Gale Sondergaard) was "Abigail Doone".

Review: Even tho' this is a Great film, the first person to be murdered should've been Hugh Herbert! With his presence, this film can't decide whether it's a mystery trying to be a comedy, or vice-versa. It's STILL a great, spooky film, tho! Norm Vogel

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