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The Projection Booth:The Black Cat

Special Guests: Noah Isenberg, Edward G. Pettit

Guest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh

The first big American studio film — and last big American studio film – directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, The Black Cat is, uh, “inspired” by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story and stars Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in a taut game of life and death.

We talk with Noah Isenberg, author of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins and the “Philly Poe Guy”, Edward G. Pettit to compare the film with the Poe story. And, we’re joined by special guest co-host Maitland McDonagh.

Superstitious, perhaps… Baloney, perhaps not.


Buy The Black Cat on DVD

Buy The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Buy Edgar G Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins by Noah Isenberg

Read For Criterion Consideration: Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat by Joshua Brunsting

Visit Maitland McDonagh’s 120 Days Books website

Buy books by Maitland McDonagh

Follow the Philly Poe Guy on Twitter

Listen to our episode on Ulmer’s Detour

Hear more Maitland McDonagh

Hear more Ed Pettit


“Allegro Moderato” – Franz Schubert

“Andante Con Moto” – Franz Schubert

“The Cat Came Back” – Sonny James

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About The Author
Mike White
Mike White
Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White has been a frequent contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, Detroit’s Metro Times, and Detour-Mag.com. He’s served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he’s been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas. In 2010, BearManor Media published Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. A collection of film reviews, Cinema Detours, will be published in 2013.

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