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Encyclopedia > The Black Cat (1934 film)
The Black Cat

Original 1934 theatrical poster
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Written by Edgar G. Ulmer
Starring Bela Lugosi
Boris Karloff
Music by Heinz Eric Roemheld
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Country Flag of United States United States
Language English
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The Black Cat is a 1934 horror film that became Universal Pictures' biggest box office hit of the year. It was the first of eight movies to pair Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. The classical music soundtrack is unusual for its time because there is an almost continuous background score throughout the entire film. Although Edgar Allan Poe is credited, the film has little to do with Poe’s 1843 story. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Edgar G. Ulmer - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Edgar G. Ulmer - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (East Dulwich, November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who emigrated to Canada in the 1910s, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of the Monster in 1931s Frankenstein. ... Heinz Eric Roemheld (May 1, 1901 – February 11, 1985) was an American composer. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... See also: 1933 in film 1934 1935 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 26 - Samuel Goldwyn (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) finally purchased the film rights to The Wizard of Oz from Frank J. Baum for $40,000. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... Boris Karloff (born William Henry Pratt) (East Dulwich, November 23, 1887 – February 2, 1969) was an English actor, who emigrated to Canada in the 1910s, best known for his roles in horror films and the creation of the Monster in 1931s Frankenstein. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... The Black Cat is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. ...


The plot revolves around the enmity between Werdegast (Lugosi) and Poelzig (Karloff). Poelzig was a general who betrayed his men during the First World War, and Werdegast was a soldier who survived the battle but suffered for fifteen years in a Russian prison. Poelzig lives in a mansion on the site of the battleground, built on the ruins of the old military fortress Marmarus. There the two men play strange games for the lives of a young couple. It is said that the character of Hjalmar Poelzig was inspired by the life of occultist Aleister Crowley, and his name was lifted from architect Hans Poelzig who has worked on the sets for Paul Wegener's silent film The Golem. Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947; the surname is pronounced // i. ... Hans Poelzig (30 April 1869 Berlin – June 14, 1936 Berlin) was a German architect, painter and set designer active in the Weimar years. ... Paul Wegener (born December 11, 1874 in Arnoldsdorf (Westpreußen; now Jarantowice, Poland); died September 13, 1948 in Berlin) was a German actor and film director. ...


The film was directed and screenplay written by Edgar G. Ulmer with a notable score by Heinz Eric Roemheld, which, as previously mentioned is based on classical music. The extreme art deco sets, women's corpses on display, and devil worship rites remain striking today. Edgar G. Ulmer - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Heinz Eric Roemheld (May 1, 1901 – February 11, 1985) was an American composer. ... Asheville City Hall. ...


Trivia

  • This film was #68 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.

This article is about the U.S. cable network. ...

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