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Release Date:
2 May 1941 (USA) See more »
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Even Ladd Is Scared!
Plot:
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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Good scares, laughs and mystery. See more (23 total) »

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

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Universal ordered Alan Ladd's billing increased to take advantage of his notoriety in the current Paramount hit This Gun for Hire (1942).See more »
Quotes:
Montague Hartley:How is she, doctor?
Doctor:You'll be pleased, I'm sure, to know that Mrs. Winslow is still violating all the laws of science. She should be dead. But she's very much alive.
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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Good scares, laughs and mystery., 3 December 2004
Author: (eddy-28) from Lake Isabella, CA

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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