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Release Date:
2 May 1941 (USA) See more »
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Even Ladd Is Scared!
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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 - Gardener
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)
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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)
 
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Jaik Rosenstein .... unit publicity writer (uncredited)
 

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70 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Sweden:15

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Marlene Dietrich's from-the-back cameo in the film is due to her stopping by on a break from filming The Flame of New Orleans (1941) to visit her then-boyfriend, Broderick Crawford. She graciously volunteered to fill in for Claire Dodd in a non-dialog scene after the actress left the studio for the day.See more »
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Montague Hartley:[talking to Gil] This is on a par with your other stupid accusations!
Richard Hartley:Yes, two more brains and he'd be a half-wit.
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10 out of 16 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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