A tenderhearted man with a life-long love of animals begins to neglect, and even misuse, the domestic pets his wife has collected for his pleasure. Eventually, even his favourite, a large and beautiful black cat named Pluto is not immune to his master’s maltreatment.
"The Black Cat" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable stories. The tale centers around a black cat and the subsequent deterioration of a man. The story is often linked with "The Tell-Tale Heart" because of the profound psychological elements these two works share.
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.
Release Date: May 2, 1941
Release Time: 70 minutes
Basil Rathbone as Montague Hartley
Hugh Herbert as Mr. Penny
Broderick Crawford as Hubert Smith
Anne Gwynne as Elaine
Bela Lugosi as Eduardo Vigos
Gale Sondergaard as Abigail Doone
Claire Dodd as Margaret Gordon
John Eldredge as Stanley Borden
Gladys Cooper as Myrna Hartley
Alan Ladd as Richard Hartley
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.
Poe died in Baltimore at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol poisoning, brain congestion, cholera, heart disease, and rabies.