These photos were taken in 1961 by renowned LIFE photographer Ralph Crane and documented the audition for the role of a black cat.
Following a newspaper casting call, 152 black cats await auditions for the low-budget horror film adaptation of "Tales of Terror" by Edgar Allan Poe. Those with a white nose or claws are immediately disqualified.
An adaptation of three short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, "Tales of Terror," starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone, and directed by Roger Corman.
In the film, the monster Herringbone hates his wife Annabelle and her black cat. On a night out on the town, he happens to be at a wine tasting event and challenges Fortunato Lucharesi, the world's foremost wine taster, to a competition. Herringbone gets drunk. Lucrecy takes him home and meets his wife.