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The Black Cat (1934)
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02.12.10

The Black Cat (1934) Honeymooning in Hungary, Joan and Peter Allison share their train compartment with Dr. Vitus Verdegast, a courtly but tragic man who is returning to the remains of the town he defended before becoming a prisoner of war for fifteen years. When their hotel-bound bus crashes in a mountain storm and Joan is injured, the travellers seek refuge in the home, built fortress-like upon the site of a bloody battlefield, of famed architect Hjalmar Poelzig. There, cat-phobic Verdegast learns his wife's fate, grieves for his lost daughter, and must play a game of chess for Allison's life.

Movie Tagline:
Things you never said before or even dreamed of!

Also Known As:
The Vanishing Body

Title: Black Cat, The
Release Date: May 03, 1934
Runtime: 65 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Crime, Adventure, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Brimstone Pit Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B

MPAA Rating: Approved

Director(s):
Edgar G. Ulmer

Cast:
Boris Karloff ...Hjalmar Poelzig (as Karloff)
Bela Lugosi ...Dr. Vitus Werdegast
David Manners ...Peter Alison
Julie Bishop ...Joan Alison (as Jacqueline Wells)
Egon Brecher ...The Majordomo
Harry Cording ...Thamal, Werdegast's Servant
Lucille Lund ...Karen Werdegast Poelzig
Henry Armetta ...Police Sergeant
Albert Conti ...Police Lieutenant
Virginia Ainsworth ...Cultist
Luis Alberni ...Train Steward
King Baggot ...Cultist
Herman Bing ...Car Steward
Symona Boniface ...Cultist
John Carradine ...Cult Organist
Andre Cheron ...Train Conductor
George Davis ...Bus Driver
Anna Duncan ...Maid
John George ...Cultist
Rodney Hildebrand ...Brakeman
Lois January ...Cultist
Michael Mark ...Cultist Binding Joan
Tony Marlow ...Patrolman
Alphonse Martell ...Train Porter
Paul Panzer ...Cultist Binding Joan
Albert Pollet ...Waiter
Peggy Terry ...Cultist
Harry Walker ...Cultist
Paul Weigel ...Stationmaster

Producer(s):
E.M. Asher
Carl Laemmle Jr.

Writer(s):
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar G. Ulmer
Peter Ruric
Peter Ruric
Tom Kilpatrick

Composer(s):
Heinz Roemheld

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Tasso, Poem No.2, R.413"
"Sonata in B Minor"
"Les Preludes"
"Romeo and Juliet Overture"
"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV.565"
"Symphony no. 7: Second Movement"
"Symphony no. 8 (Unfinished)"
"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 565)"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Things you never said before or even dreamed of!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Hjalmar Poelzig: The phone is dead. Do you hear that, Vitus? Even the phone is dead.
  • Peter Allison: I don't know. It all sounds like a lot of supernatural baloney to me. Dr. Vitus Verdegast: Supernatural, perhaps. Baloney, perhaps not. There are many things under the sun.
  • Hjalmar Poelzig: Come, Vitus, are we men or are we children?
  • Hjalmar Poelzig: Vitus! Your are mad.
  • Hjalmar Poelzig: You say your soul was killed, that you have been dead all these years. And what of me? Did we not both die here in Marmorus 15 years ago? Are we any the less victims of the war than those whose bodies were torn asunder? Are we not both the living dead? And now you come to me, playing at being an avenging angel, childishly thirsting for my blood. We understand each other too well. We know too much of life.
Movie Trivia:
  • The satanic prayer Poelzig chants during the black mass scene consists of phrases in Latin, the most recognizable being "cum grano salis" (with a grain of salt).
  • Edgar G. Ulmer admitted in an interview that Edgar Allan Poe's story was credited to draw public attention, despite the fact it had nothing to do with the story in the movie.
  • Censors in Italy, Finland and Austria banned the movie outright, while others required cuts of the more gruesome sequences.
  • This was Universal's biggest hit of 1934.
  • The set of the main room in Poelzig's house were built for $1,500.
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Keywords:
Hungary, Chess, Storm, Prisoner Of War, Architect  ...[more]


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