Il gatto a nove code (1970)

Italy, West Germany, France, (“An Italo-French-German coproduction”),
35mm film, Techniscope, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, Italian

An Italian/West German/French directed by Dario Argento.

Plot Summary

A newspaperman and a blind, retired journalist investigate a string of brutal killings connected to the secret research projects of a large pharmaceutical company.


Directed by: Dario Argento
© MCMLXX [1970] by Seda Spettacoli Spa
Seda Spettacoli Spa-Rome, Terra Filmkunst-Berlin, Labrador Films-Paris
Produced by: Salvatore Argento
Screenplay by: Dario Argento
Based on a Story by: Dario Argento, Luigi Collo and Dardano Sacchetti
Director of Photography: Erico Menczer
Editor: Franco Fraticelli
Music by: Ennio Morricone
Sound: Mario Ronchetti
Wardrobe Designer: Carlo Leva
Make-up Artists: Giuseppe Ferranti, Piero Mecacci
Hairdresser: Maura Turchi
Art Director: Carlo Leva
Interiors: Cinecitta'

James Franciscus [Carlo Giordani]
Karl Malden (Franco Arnó)
Catherine Spaak (Anna Terzi)
Pier Paolo Capponi (Commissioner Spini)
Horst Frank (Dr Braun)
Rada Rassimov (Bianca Merusi)
Aldo Reggiani (Dr Casoni)
Carlo Alighiero [Dr Calabresi]
Vittorio Congia (Righetto, photographer)
Ugo Fangareggi
Tom Felleghy (Dr Esson)
Emilio Marchesini (Dr Mombelli)
Fulvio Mingozzi
Corrado Olmi (Morsella)
Pino Patti
Umberto Raho
Jacques Stany
Stefano Oppedisano
Ada Pometti
Walter Pinelli

Alternative Titles

The Cat O'Nine Tails – UK/US title
Le chat à neuf queues – French title
Die Neunschwänzige Katze – German title

See also
Due gattoni a nove code… e mezzo ad Amsterdam (1972)

Extracts included in
Il mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (1985)
Sergio Martino: The Art and Arteries of the Giallo (2011)



  • New York Times 27 May 1971 p.33 – review (by A.H. Weiler)


  • Bianco e nero vol.32 no.3/4 (March/April 1971) p.106 (Italy) – credits
  • Cinema d'oggi 1 March 1971 p.4 (Italy) – credits
  • Empire no.88 (October 1996) p.130 – illustrated review by Adam Smith
  • European Trash Cinema vol.2 no.6 p.11 – review
  • Filmfacts vol.14 no.10 (1971) – synopsis, credits, reprinted reviews
  • Intermezzo no.5 (March 1971) – review
  • Kine Weekly no.3317 (8 May 1971) p.12 – review (by Graham Clarke)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.38 no.449 (June 1971) p.120 – review (by Richard Combs)
  • Rivista del cinematografo no.6 (June 1971) pp.293 – 294 – review
  • Rue Morgue no.196 (September/October 2020) pp.12-22 – illustrated interview with Dardano Sacchetti (Legacy of blood by Robert Freese)
  • Score Filmmuziek Magazine no.93 (January 1995) p.18 (West Germany) – note, review of soundtrack album (Pas verschenen)
  • Sight & Sound vol.6 no.9 (September 1996) p.61 – illustrated article (Murder in the Dark by Dario Argento)
  • Starburst no.218 (October 1996) – illustrated review (by David Bassom)
  • Today's Cinema no.9909 28 may 1971 p.8 – review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Variety 9 June 1971 p.17 – review (by Robe)


  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.205-06
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.150 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.76