The Black Cat

Capture of title screen for THE BLACK CAT

 

Boris Karloff as Hjalmar Poelzig
Boris Karloff in his best role ever as the sinister Satanist architect Hjalmir Poelzig.
Bela Lugosi as Vitus Werdegast Bela Lugosi does a wonderful job as Dr. Vitus Werdegast, a once kindly man with a thirst for vengeance. David Manners as Peter Alison
David Manners gives a decent performance as Peter Alison, a man caught up in circumstance.
Jacqueline Wells as Joan Alison
Jacqueline Wells is Joan Alison, damsel in distress and potential victim of Poelzig's evil.
The happy couple on a train to terror Peter and Joan Alison travel on a train through Hungary. They have no idea what's in store for them. Vitus Werdegast introduces himself Werdegast joins the happy couple in their compartment due to the train being overbooked.
Vitus tells Peter of KORGULL While Joan sleeps, Vitus tells Peter of the 15 years he spent in Korgull, a prison that "kills the soul." Lugosi, Manners and Wells in a car
Since they are all going to the same town before going their separate ways, they decide to share a taxi.
The car crashes Part of the road gives way due to the rain. The car crashes and the driver is killed.
The men take injured Joan to Poelzigs house The men take Joan to Poelzig's house to treat her injuries. It is late and Poelzig is asleep. Karloff makes his entrance Poelzig awakens from his slumber. Needless to say, he isn't very happy with the arrival of his "guests." Karloff and Lugosi Werdegast explains the situation. He and Poelzig apparently know each other from before Korgull.
Karloff, Lugosi, and Manners
Werdegast explains how Poelzig built his house above the bodies of many men killed in battle before.
Karloff and Jacqueline Wells
Poelzig is very impressed with Joan. He clearly has something in mind for her. What? We don't know... yet.
Werdegast's daughter 
Poelzig tells his wife Karyn,  to stay in their room. She thinks her father Vitus is long dead.
Karloff, Lugosi and Lugosi's preserved wife 
Werdegast is shown the body of his dead wife, which Poelzig has kep preserved for years.
Lugosi is shaken 
Werdegast pulls a gun on Poelzig who is spared when a black cat shows up. Vitus is afraid of cats.
The chess challenge (Karloff and Lugosi) 
Vitus confronts Hjalmar and finds that he is not planning on letting Joan go. They wager on a chess game for her.
The local authorities  The local gendarme show up to get the story on the car wreck. They act like buffoons and then leave. Poelzig taks death (Karloff) 
Poelzig discusses death to keep the edge in the chess game. It works and he wins the game and Joan.
Werdegast laments the loss (Lugosi)  Knowing that his defeat means that Joan will not be let free, Vitus sits in utter silence.
Alison get;s KO'd  When trying to leave with Joan, Peter is knocked out and imprisoned by one of Poelzig's servants. Karyn and Joan are caught talking  Joan informs Karyn that her father is alive and in the house. Poelzig hears them talking. Big trouble. Karloff ready for the black mass  The Black Mass begins. Joan is to be the sacrifice. Watch the film for the exciting conclusion!

 

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