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Cat People (1942)

A Kiss Could Change Her Into a Monstrous Fang-and-Claw Killer!

Original Title : Cat People
Director : Jacques Tourneur
Writer : DeWitt Bodeen
Genre : Drama
Horror
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Val Lewton , Lou L. Ostrow
Music : Roy Webb
Photography : Nicholas Musuraca
IMDB ID : 0034587
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poster for "Cat People" by Jacques Tourneur (1942)
Cat People (1942) - Jacques Tourneur
 

Starring

Simone Simon Irena Dubrovna
Kent Smith Oliver Reed
Tom Conway Dr. Louis Judd
Jane Randolph Alice Moore
Jack Holt The Commodore
Henrietta Burnside Woman (uncredited
Alec Craig Zookeeper (uncredited
Eddie Dew Street cop (uncredited
Elizabeth Dunn Miss Plunkett (uncredited
Dot Farley Mrs. Agnew (cleaning lady
George Ford Whistling cop (uncredited
Bud Geary Mounted cop (uncredited
Mary Halsey Blondie (uncredited
Theresa Harris Minnie (waitress at Sally Lunds
Charles Jordan Bus driver (uncredited
Donald Kerr Taxi driver (uncredited
Connie Leon Woman (uncredited
Murdock MacQuarrie Sheep caretaker (uncredited
Alan Napier Doc Carver (uncredited
Leda Nicova Patient (uncredited
John Piffle Cafe proprietor (uncredited
Betty Roadman Mrs. Hansen (cleaning lady at Alice's apartment
Elizabeth Russell The Cat Woman (uncredited
Steve Soldi Organ grinder (uncredited
 

Plot

Irena Dubrovna, a beautiful and mysterious Serbian-born fashion artist living in New York City, falls in love with and marries average-Joe American Oliver Reed. Their marriage suffers though, as Irena believes that she suffers from an ancient curse- whenever emotionally aroused, she will turn into a panther and kill. Oliver thinks that is absurd and childish, so he sends her to psychiatrist Dr. Judd to cure her. Easier said than done...
 

Comments

Classic horror film Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) falls in love with mysterious foreigner Irena (Simone Simon).He marries her despite the fact that she won't kiss him or make love to him.She believes if she does she will turn into a panther and kill him.She sees a psychiatrist (Tom Conway) who tries to cure her.Frustration drives Oliver into the arms of office coworker Alice (Jane Randolph).Irena finds out and gets angry.... The plot isn't too believable (marrying a woman who won't even kiss you???) but the films moments of shock and horror are still as strong today as they were in 1942.Producer Val Lewton had almost no money to work with (look at the cast) so he had to depend on shadow, darkness, sounds and atmosphere to create horror.It works beautifully.Two scenes with Alice work particularly well--when she's walking to a bus stop on a deserted street and the infamous scene in the pool.With the exception of one or two shots (when Smith and Randolph are trapped in an office) we never see Irena as the panther.The studio insisted these shots be added. Simon is perfectly cast as Irena, Smith is pretty wooden as her husband, Randolph is just great as Alice and Conway is admirably slimy as the psychiatrist. Just great--a true classic.A must-see.Avoid--at all costs--the lousy 1982 remake.
 
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