Tales of Terror was a 1962 horror film starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Basil Rathbone. Billed as a "Trilogy of Shock and Horror," the film consisted of three short sequences, all based on Edgar Allan Poe stories: "Morella", "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", and "The Black Cat." On one auspicious day in 1961, an open audition was held in Hollywood to find the perfect cat to play the part of the the eponymous feline. Fortunately for us, photographer Ralph Crane was on hand to capture every glorious moment!
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Cats lined up from miles around for a shot at superstardom
The competition was fierce!
One final screen test with stars Price and Lorre
Most amazing glasses ever! A star is born?
The film was critically panned upon release, but the black cat auditions will forever go down in feline film history!