The Black Cat (1941 film)

The Black Cat is a comedy/horror film directed by Albert S. Rogell, starring Basil Rathbone and featuring supporting performances by Bela Lugosi and Alan Ladd in small roles. Lugosi also starred with Boris Karloff in a 1934 film with the same title. The title card says it was inspired by "The Black Cat" short story by Edgar Allan Poe[1]; however, it's clearly an adaption of The Cat and the Canary by John Willard.

The Black Cat
1941 US Theatrical Poster
Directed byAlbert S. Rogell
Produced byBurt Kelly
Written byRobert Lees
Robert Neville
Based onThe Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
StarringBasil Rathbone
Hugh Herbert
Broderick Crawford
Bela Lugosi
Music byHans J. Salter (uncredited)
CinematographyStanley Cortez
Edited byTed J. Kent
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
May 2, 1941 (1941-05-02)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


A greedy family led by Montague Hartley (Basil Rathbone) wait for the death of Henrietta Winslow (Cecilia Loftus) so that they can inherit her fortune. However they discover that they can't until housekeeper Abigail Doone (Gale Sondergaard) and all her cats die. When Henrietta is later murdered the race is on with the help of two antique dealers Hubert Smith (Broderick Crawford) and Mr. Penny (Hugh Herbert) to find the culprit.



  1. Maltin, Leonard (3 September 2013). Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide. Penguin Group US. p. 252. ISBN 978-1-101-60955-2.

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