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audition for a black cat

Black cat open casting call for the 1961 Edgar Allan Poe film, Tales of Terror. The kitties look so confused!

Louis Wain (5 August 1860 – 4 July 1939) was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphised large-eyed cats and kittens. In his later years he suffered from schizophrenia, which, according to some psychologists, can be seen in his works.

Louis Wain August 1860 – 4 July was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphised large-eyed cats and kittens. In his later years he suffered from schizophrenia, which, according to some psychologist

LIFE:s bildarkiv. Black Cat Audition 1961.

These wonderful photos were taken in 1961 by Ralph Crane documenting Black Cat Auditions in Hollywood. A shot of Vincent Price suggests that this audition must have been for Tales of Terror by Roger Corman.