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Cat People (1942)

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An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.

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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... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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LOVELY WOMAN...GIANT KILLER-CAT...THE SAME "PERSON"!...IT'S SUPER-SENSATIONAL! (1954 re-release poster) See more »


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25 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La marca de la pantera  »

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$134,000 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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The wadded up paper that Irena throws toward the garbage changes shape between when she throws it and when Oliver picks it up and throws it away. See more »

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Irena Dubrovna: Oh, it's alright. It's just that cats don't seem to like me.
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Sometimes The Less You See, The Better
12 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie provides a good demonstration of how you can still generate good suspense without violence seen on-screen. Director Jacques Tourneur and producer Val Lewton liked these kind of film presentations. This was Lewton's first film, by the way. Viewers either seem to really be for this slower classic style, or totally turned off by these kind of films. It depends, I suppose, on what you are expecting and what kind of movies you like. If you are looking for an action-packed film, with some bloody or horrible scenes, skip this film. It will just bore you to death.

If you prefer the implied violent acts, horror, and even sexual stuff , then this is your cup of tea. It's very "moody."

Simon Simone does well in the key role of "Irena Dubrovna." Animals fear her and she fears getting attached to someone, such as "Oliver Reed" (Kent Smith) who comes along and there is mutual attraction. What happens to those two, and others I won't say. The film is only 72 minutes so why divulge what's in it? Just know what to expect. This is a far cry from today's horror films.


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