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The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

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

Director:

John Gilling

Writer:

George Baxt
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Cast

Cast overview:
André Morell ... Walter Venable
Barbara Shelley ... Beth Venable
William Lucas ... Jacob Venable
Freda Jackson ... Clara, the Maid
Conrad Phillips ... Michael Latimer
Richard Warner ... Edgar Venable
Vanda Godsell ... Louise Venable
Alan Wheatley ... Inspector Rowles
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Andrew, the Butler
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... The Grandfather
Catherine Lacey ... Ella Venable
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A house cat sees her mistress murdered by two servants under orders from her husband , and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sombra del gato See more »

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BHP, Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The cat's trainer is a man by the name of John Holmes. This must have been frustrating for the Svengoolie writing staff as the joke pretty much writes itself, yet they know the network would never allow it to air. See more »

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Walter Venable: The cat won't come near me... she knows. You'll have to get her.
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Well, look what the cat dragged in! Bodies!
17 December 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Shadow of the Cat" is a modest and often overlooked Hammer horror production, but simultaneously also an underrated and genuinely creepy gem that is guaranteed to deliver a compelling plot, a moody gothic atmosphere, competent performances from a bunch of Hammer regulars and more than a handful of silly but nevertheless sinister murders committed by (or at least initiated by) a vindictive cat named Tabitha! Moments after her beloved heiress Ella Venable read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" to her, Tabitha the Cat witnesses how poor Ella gets murdered by her husband Walter and two household staff members. The faithful housecat promptly makes it clear that she will avenge her heiress and terrifies the culprits so badly that they must call in the help of more vicious family members. While six (!) people are desperately trying to annihilate the evasive cat, the good-hearted niece Beth begins to suspect that aunt Ella's disappearance and the sudden fear for the otherwise friendly animal might have something to do with a missing testament. Sure, it requires a large dose of "suspension of disbelief" to accept how unnaturally petrified these people are of a simple cat, but George Baxt's screenplay is clever and John Gilling's direction is professional enough for the film to remain suspenseful. Gilling made some of Britain's best and most nightmarish horror films, by the way, like "Plague of the Zombies" and "The Flesh and the Fiends".


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