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The Black Cat (1941)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Horror | 2 May 1941 (USA)
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.

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Robert Lees (screenplay), Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) (as Fred Rinaldo) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Montague Hartley
Hugh Herbert ... Mr. Penny
Broderick Crawford ... Hubert Smith (as Brod Crawford)
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
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Storyline

Greedy heirs gather to wait for the death of Henrietta Winslow. Murder, thunder claps, howling cats, gun shots, screams in the night, hidden passages -- all the proper ingredients. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Even Ladd Is Scared!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Cat See more »

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Budget:

$176,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Universal Horror Classic Movie Archive" DVD boxed set release of this film includes a reissue trailer from Realart Pictures that moves 'Alan Ladd''s billing up to second (after Basil Rathbone) to take advantage of his later stardom at Paramount. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Smith: [Quoting the sign at the gate] That house is doubly blest / Which to our feline friends gives rest.
Mr. Penny: Oh, poetry, huh? It's beautiful, beautiful.
Hubert Smith: That's what Mrs. Winslows says. But as kids we used to say, In her hats are many bats / For spending all her dough on cats.
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Version of The Black Cat (1981) See more »

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Character name & review.
24 May 1999 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

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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