The Black Cat

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The family of wealthy, elderly Henrietta Winslow (Cecilia Loftus) gathers for an advance reading of her will. Believing Henrietta is near death, her nephew, Montague (Basil Rathbone), has brought along realtor Gil Smith (Broderick Crawford). Dismayed that the family anticipates her demise, Henrietta reads her will and stuns everyone by adding that no one can inherit until the estate guardian, Abigail (Gale Sondergaard), dies. When Henrietta is murdered, Abigail fears her own life is in danger.

Cast & Crew

Basil Rathbone
Montague Hartley
Bela Lugosi
Eduardo Vigos
Broderick Crawford
Hubert A. Gilmore `'Gil'` Smith
Gale Sondergaard
Abigail Doone
Anne Gwynne
Elaine Winslow
Gladys Cooper
Myrna Hartley
Claire Dodd
Margaret Gordon
Alan Ladd
Richard Hartley
Cecilia Loftus
Henrietta Winslow
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Critic Reviews for The Black Cat

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  • Quickly the film shows itself to be the usual kind of thing about an old house with secret passages, sliding panels, disappearing figures, reaching hands, and the like.

    September 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Basil Rathbone and a young Alan Ladd play two of the in-laws, Bela Lugosi is the nosy groundskeeper, and Hugh Herbert and Broderick Crawford offer heavy-handed comic relief.

    December 22, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Black Cat

  • Sep 05, 2010
    I really want to see this movie again, I saw it a long time ago, and loved it, but I don't remember much of the story now. I do remember the great actors: Lugosi and Rathbone. I still recommend this movie.
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  • Aug 25, 2009
    Light chiller with great cast who all seem to be enjoying themselves. Sondergaard is wonderfully malevolent although with a humorous touch. The sporadic humor is what actually saves the picture from being just another creaky house thriller.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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