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The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

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A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Phillips ...
Michael Latimer
Barbara Shelley ...
Beth Venable
Walter Venable
Richard Warner ...
Edgar Venable
William Lucas ...
Jacob Venable
Andrew Crawford ...
Andrew, the butler
Freda Jackson ...
Clara, the maid
Vanda Godsell ...
Louise Venable
Alan Wheatley ...
Inspector Rowles
Catherine Lacey ...
Ella Venable
Henry Kendall ...
The Doctor
Kynaston Reeves ...
The Grandfather (new family)
Vera Cook ...
The Mother (new family)
Angela Crow ...
The Daughter (new family)
Howard Knight ...
The Son (new family)


A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.

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7 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Here kitty, kitty...
30 September 2000 | by (Ascot, England) – See all my reviews

Although supposedly made under the name of BHP Productions for contractual reasons, there is no doubt that what you are watching is a Hammer film. Everything about it reflects the Hammer trademarks of the era. The lighting, the music, the photography, the use of the exteriors at Bray (Hammer's first and most fruitful home) and the ever-present Black Park (a green lung in urban Slough that Hammer turned into everything from a Swiss mountain stream to a tropical river filled with piranha fish) - nothing is out of place. The plot is typical Grand Guignol - a rich elderly woman is murdered by her relatives for her money. They might get away with it too, except her pet cat takes exception to the plot and decides to exact revenge. While not thought-provoking by any means, the film moves confidently and swiftly along. Director John (Plague of Zombies, The Reptile) Gilling papers enough shocks over the holes in the plot to keep it interesting and the cast (led by Barbara (The Gorgon) Shelley and Andre Morell) do their jobs efficiently and entertainingly. The movie, though, belongs to Tabitha... Oh, and do you get the significance of the widow's reading of Poe's "The Raven" at the start of the film? Creepy stuff!

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