La voluntad del muerto (1930)

87 mins | Mystery | November 1930

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HISTORY

This film was a simultaneously shot, Spanish-language version of the 1930 film The Cat Creeps , which was directed by Rupert Julian and starred Helen Twelvetrees and Raymond Hackett (See Entry). The cast and technical credits for the Spanish-language version were annotated from a studio cutting continuity. The play, The Cat and the Canary , had been filmed in 1927 in a version directed by Paul Leni and starring Laura La Plante and Creighton Hale (See Entry), and was again filmed in 1939 with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, directed by Elliott Nugent (See Entry) and, in 1978, as a British production directed by Radley Metzger. La voluntad del muerto was retitled La heredera de Mr. West when exhibited in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in Jul ... More Less

This film was a simultaneously shot, Spanish-language version of the 1930 film The Cat Creeps , which was directed by Rupert Julian and starred Helen Twelvetrees and Raymond Hackett (See Entry). The cast and technical credits for the Spanish-language version were annotated from a studio cutting continuity. The play, The Cat and the Canary , had been filmed in 1927 in a version directed by Paul Leni and starring Laura La Plante and Creighton Hale (See Entry), and was again filmed in 1939 with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, directed by Elliott Nugent (See Entry) and, in 1978, as a British production directed by Radley Metzger. La voluntad del muerto was retitled La heredera de Mr. West when exhibited in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in Jul 1931. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Cinl
Nov 1930
p. 30.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dirigida por [Dir]
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Presenta [Pres]
Producida por [Prod]
Productor asociado [Assoc prod]
WRITER
Guión y diálogo por [Scr and dial]
PHOTOGRAPHY
Operador [Cam]
ART DIRECTOR
Director artístico [Art dir]
FILM EDITORS
Editor del film [Film ed]
Supervisor de la edición del film [Supv film ed]
SOUND
Supervisor de acústica [Sd supv]
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Cat and the Canary by John Willard (New York, 7 Feb 1922).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Cat Creeps
Release Date:
November 1930
Premiere Information:
San José de Costa Rica opening: 16 November 1930
New York opening: 12 December 1930.
Production Date:
July--August 1930
Physical Properties:
Sound
Sistema Western Electric [Western Electric Sound System]
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Length(in feet):
7,856
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
Spanish
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Exactly twenty years after the death of the lonely, eccentric millionaire Cyrus West, his descendents are summoned to meet one midnight in his gloomy, old mansion for a very belated reading of his will. West's closest relatives are dismayed to learn that they have been disinherited due to the fact that they believed him to be crazy. Anita, a distant relative, is revealed as the only heir to West's fortune and properties as long as her mental state remains stable. However, the subsequent disappearance of West's lawyer, an attack on cousin Pablo by a "monster" and several other inexplicable events combine to place a great strain on Anita's sanity. Eventually, the police determine that Carlos, another relative and a potential heir, is responsible for the campaign of ... +


Exactly twenty years after the death of the lonely, eccentric millionaire Cyrus West, his descendents are summoned to meet one midnight in his gloomy, old mansion for a very belated reading of his will. West's closest relatives are dismayed to learn that they have been disinherited due to the fact that they believed him to be crazy. Anita, a distant relative, is revealed as the only heir to West's fortune and properties as long as her mental state remains stable. However, the subsequent disappearance of West's lawyer, an attack on cousin Pablo by a "monster" and several other inexplicable events combine to place a great strain on Anita's sanity. Eventually, the police determine that Carlos, another relative and a potential heir, is responsible for the campaign of terror. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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