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When naval construction designer Oliver Reed sees Serbian born beauty Irena Dubrovna at a zoo, he flirts with her, and soon they fall in love and marry. Complications arise because Irena believes she is the victim of an ancient Serbian curse that causes her to turn into a panther if a man tries to make love to her, and the marriage is not consummated. Oliver sends Irena for treatment with psychiatrist Dr. Louis Judd, and Oliver seeks "consolation" with his colleague Alice Moore. Irena becomes jealous when she learns that she may be losing Oliver to Alice.
She knew strange, fierce pleasures that no other woman could ever feel!
Title: Cat People
Release Date: December 06, 1942
Runtime: 73 mins
All Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Languages: English, Czech, Serbian
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Buried.com Rating: 8.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: Approved
Simone Simon ...Irena Dubrovna Reed
Kent Smith ...Oliver Reed
Tom Conway ...Dr. Louis Judd
Jane Randolph ...Alice Moore
Jack Holt ...The Commodore
George Ford ...Whistling Cop (scenes deleted)
Bud Geary ...Mounted Policeman (scenes deleted)
Leda Nicova ...Patient (scenes deleted)
Henrietta Burnside ...Sue Ellen
Alec Craig ...Zookeeper
Eddie Dew ...Street policeman
Elizabeth Dunn ...Miss Plunkett, pet shop owner
Dynamite ...The panther
Dot Farley ...Mrs. Agnew, scrubwoman
Mary Halsey ...Blondie, apartment house desk clerk
Theresa Harris ...Minnie, waitress at Sally Lunds cafe
Charles Jordan ...Bus driver
Donald Kerr ...Taxi driver
Connie Leon ...Neighbor who called police
Murdock MacQuarrie ...Sheep caretaker
Alan Napier ...Doc Carver
John Piffle ...Cafe proprietor
Betty Roadman ...Mrs. Hansen
Elizabeth Russell ...The Cat Woman
Stephen Soldi ...Organ grinder
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More Movie Taglines:
- She knew strange, fierce pleasures that no other woman could ever feel!
- LOVELY WOMAN...GIANT KILLER-CAT...THE SAME "PERSON"!...IT'S SUPER-SENSATIONAL! (1954 re-release poster)
- The exciting story of a woman who kills the thing she loves!
- A Kiss Could Change Her Into a Monstrous Fang-and-Claw Killer!
- She Was Marked With The Curse Of Those Who Slink And Court And Kill By Night!
- To Kiss Her Meant Death By Her Own Fangs and Claws!
- Kiss me and I'll claw you to death!
- She was one of the dreaded "Cat People"
- doomed to slink and prowl and court by night... fearing always that a lover's kiss might change her into a snarling, clawing KILLER!
- The most terrifying menace of them all!
- Woman at pet shop: You can fool everybody, but landie dearie me, you can't fool a cat. They seem to know who's not right.
Irena Dubrovna: There are some things a woman doesn't want other women to understand.
Irena Dubrovna: I like the dark. It's friendly.
Irena Dubrovna: Oh, it's alright. It's just that cats don't seem to like me.
Irena Dubrovna: What should I tell my husband? Naturally, he's anxious to have some word. Dr. Louis Judd: What does one tell a husband? One tells him nothing.
- Original trade reviews appeared Friday the 13 November 1942.
The film was in theaters for so long that critics who had originally bashed the film were able to see it again and many rewrote their reviews with a more positive spin.
When "The Cat Woman" (played, uncredited, by Elizabeth Russell) speaks to Irina in Serbian and calls her "my sister", Russell's dialog is dubbed by Simone Simon,
Several actors in studio records and casting call lists did not appear in the movie. These were (with their character names) George Ford (Whistling cop), Leda Nicova (Patient), and Bud Geary (Mounted policeman).
Supervisor Lou L. Ostrow was so dissatisfied with the style of the movie he wanted to replace director Jacques Tourneur after four days of filming. Producer Val Lewton got studio head Charles Koerner to reinstate Tourneur, and when Ostrow insisted on the panther appearing in the drafting room sequence, Lewton had Tourneur use low lighting putting the panther in the shadows.
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