Lawyer Perry Mason is summoned to the Laxter mansion in the dead of night to write granddaughter Wilma out of invalid Peter Laxter's will, to keep her from marrying suspected fortune hunter Doug. Peter dies in a mysterious fire and Laxter's two grandsons, Sam Laxter and Frank Oafley, inherit his estate on the condition old caretaker Ashton and his cat Clinker are kept on. When cat-hating Sam threatens Clinker, Perry steps in and learns Laxter's death was suspicious and the family fortune and diamonds are missing.Written by
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PERRY MASON'S BACK...and so are the thrills, suspense, and excitement of Erle Stanley Gardner's greatest mystery drama! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche -Lyric Theatre - Lubbock, Texas -May 11, 1938) -
Fifth of six "Perry Mason" films released by Warner Bros. from 1934 to 1937, and the first without Warren William in the lead role. See more »
The so-called "black" cat of the title is, in fact, a grey, brown, and white calico, hence the original title of the novel, "The Case of the Caretaker's Cat" would have been more appropriate, and more logical. See more »
Fifth film in Warner's Parry Mason series now features Ricardo Cortez in the role of the attorney. This time out an old man calls Mason to his house so that he can change his will since he's worried someone in his family is about to kill him. A few days later the old man dies in a fire but after the autopsy it turns out he was dead hours before the fire. This is a pretty solid little crime picture from start to finish and I was surprised to see it didn't suffer any from not having Warren William in the lead. Cortez actually delivers a very strong performance as the attorney and manages to come off looking and sounding like a real detective and someone with a brain in their head. The supporting cast doesn't feature any huge stars but they all fill their roles nicely. One interesting note is that the cat from the title plays a big part in the film but it's a black and white cat. One has to wonder why Warner didn't use a black cat.
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