THE SHADOW OF THE CAT

by John Gilling
THE SHADOW OF THE CAT - L'OMBRA DEL GATTO

Informations

Nation: UK

Year: 1961

Length: 79'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Walter has hated his wealthy wife Ella for some time. After making her sign a will that leaves everything to him, he kills her with the complicity of the butler and the cook. The only witness to crime is the house cat, which punishes the three murders in a crescendo of fear.

Director

John Gilling

John Gilling

John Gilling (London, UK, 1912-1985) began working in cinema in 1933. After the war, he began writing screenplays and in 1949 made his first film, A Matter of Murder. In 1952 he directed Bela Lugosi in the farce Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire. In 1959, after a dozen films and many screenplays for Hammer, the infamous film production of fantastic and horror films, Gilling came to the attention with his film The Flesh and the Fiends, starring Peter Cushing. He then directed for Hammer The Shadow of the Cat (1961), The Pirates of the Blood River (1962) and in 1966 The Reptile and The Plague of the Zombies. After the third chapter of the Hammer mummy saga, The Mummy’s Shroud (1967), Gilling directed his last movie in Spain, La cruz del diablo.

Filmography:
A Matter of Murder (1949), Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (1952), The Flesh and the Fiends (Le iene di Edinburgo, 1959), The Shadow of the Cat (L'ombra del gatto, 1961), The Pirates of Blood River (I pirati del fiume rosso, 1962), The Scarlet Blade (La lama scarlatta, 1963), The Brigand of Kandahar (Il bandito di Kandahar, 1965), The Night Caller (Madra, il terrore di Londra, 1965), The Plague of the Zombies (La lunga notte dell'orrore, 1966), The Reptile (La morte arriva strisciando, 1966), Where the Bullets Fly (1966), The Mummy's Shroud (Il sudario della mummia, 1967), La Cruz del diablo (1975)

Cast and Credits

regia/director
John Gilling
sceneggiatura/screenplay
George Baxt
fotografia/cinematography
Arthur Grant
montaggio/film editing
John Pomeroy
scenografia/production design
Bernard Robinson
costumi/costume design
Molly Arbuthnot
musica/music
Mikis Theodorakis
souno/sound
Ken Cameron, Jock May, Alban Streeter
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
André Morell (Walter Venable), Barbara Shelley (Beth Venable), William Lucas (Jacob Venable), Freda Jackson (Clara), Conrad Phillips (Michael Latimer), Richard Warner (Edgar Venable), Vanda Godsell (Louise Venable), Catherine Lacey (Ella Venable)
produttore/producer
Jon Penington
produzione/production
BHP

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Walter has hated his wealthy wife Ella for some time. After making her sign a will that leaves everything to him, he kills her with the complicity of the butler and the cook. The only witness to crime is the house cat, which punishes the three murders in a crescendo of fear.

Director All about direction

John Gilling

John Gilling

John Gilling (London, UK, 1912-1985) began working in cinema in 1933. After the war, he began writing screenplays and in 1949 made his first film, A Matter of Murder. In 1952 he directed Bela Lugosi in the farce Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire. In 1959, after a dozen films and many screenplays for Hammer, the infamous film production of fantastic and horror films, Gilling came to the attention with his film The Flesh and the Fiends, starring Peter Cushing. He then directed for Hammer The Shadow of the Cat (1961), The Pirates of the Blood River (1962) and in 1966 The Reptile and The Plague of the Zombies. After the third chapter of the Hammer mummy saga, The Mummy’s Shroud (1967), Gilling directed his last movie in Spain, La cruz del diablo.

Filmography:
A Matter of Murder (1949), Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (1952), The Flesh and the Fiends (Le iene di Edinburgo, 1959), The Shadow of the Cat (L'ombra del gatto, 1961), The Pirates of Blood River (I pirati del fiume rosso, 1962), The Scarlet Blade (La lama scarlatta, 1963), The Brigand of Kandahar (Il bandito di Kandahar, 1965), The Night Caller (Madra, il terrore di Londra, 1965), The Plague of the Zombies (La lunga notte dell'orrore, 1966), The Reptile (La morte arriva strisciando, 1966), Where the Bullets Fly (1966), The Mummy's Shroud (Il sudario della mummia, 1967), La Cruz del diablo (1975)

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
John Gilling
sceneggiatura/screenplay
George Baxt
fotografia/cinematography
Arthur Grant
montaggio/film editing
John Pomeroy
scenografia/production design
Bernard Robinson
costumi/costume design
Molly Arbuthnot
musica/music
Mikis Theodorakis
souno/sound
Ken Cameron, Jock May, Alban Streeter
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
André Morell (Walter Venable), Barbara Shelley (Beth Venable), William Lucas (Jacob Venable), Freda Jackson (Clara), Conrad Phillips (Michael Latimer), Richard Warner (Edgar Venable), Vanda Godsell (Louise Venable), Catherine Lacey (Ella Venable)
produttore/producer
Jon Penington
produzione/production
BHP