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Cat People -- The classic atmospheric horror film about a young newlywed who is stricken by an ancient curse that turns her into a bloodthirsty panther.
Cat People -- 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...

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Writer:
DeWitt Bodeen (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
She knew strange, fierce pleasures that no other woman could ever feel! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Shadow and light. See more (133 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Simone Simon ... Irena Dubrovna Reed

Kent Smith ... Oliver Reed

Tom Conway ... Dr. Louis Judd

Jane Randolph ... Alice Moore

Jack Holt ... The Commodore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henrietta Burnside ... Sue Ellen (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Zookeeper (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Street Policeman (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dunne ... Mrs. Plunkett (uncredited)
Dynamite ... The Panther (uncredited)
Dot Farley ... Mrs. Agnew (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Blondie (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Minnie (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Neighbor Who Called Police (uncredited)

Murdock MacQuarrie ... Sheep Caretaker (uncredited)

Alan Napier ... Doc Carver (uncredited)
John Piffle ... Café Proprietor (uncredited)
Betty Roadman ... Mrs. Hansen (uncredited)
Elizabeth Russell ... The Cat Woman (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Organ Grinder (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
 
Writing credits
DeWitt Bodeen (written by)

Produced by
Val Lewton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Robson 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Renié (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doran Cox .... assistant director
Edward Donahue .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Linda Finn .... stunt double: Simone Simon
Paul Stader .... Stunt double: Tom Conway (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Redman .... second unit: photography (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
John Leipold .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard C. Craven .... humane representative (uncredited)
Mel Koontz .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Lou L. Ostrow .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
73 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (2016) (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (1989) | France:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-release) (1999) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (PCA #8693) | West Germany:12 (video rating)

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Trivia:
Val Lewton reportedly sought Simone Simon for this film after seeing her performance in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): There was no "King John of Serbia" who defeated the Mamelukes as Irena claims. None of the lists of Kings/Princes of Serbia include a King John. The closest historical personage was the Holy Martyr John Vladimir [St. Jovan Vladimir], killed by Tsar Vladimir in 1015 AD.See more »
Quotes:
Irena Dubrovna:I like the dark. It's friendly.See more »
Soundtrack:
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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Shadow and light., 28 June 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

After several movies made in his native France ,Jacques (Jack) Tourneur makes his first American works in the late thirties."Cat people" is the fifth one;the others are difficult to see and anyway this is this movie that is looked upon as his towering achievement(with the exception of "out of the past") .His female star,Simone Simon,whose English was perfect,enjoyed a career in both countries too:her best part is easily Jean Renoir's "la bête humaine" ,(human beast:it's funny when you know she's playing a woman-animal here).

"Cat people" belongs to the fantasy and horror genre,but it does not really follow its rules.We're close to psychological drama.(Almost) deprived of "special effects" -which is a blessing-Tourneur works with his camera the way a painter does with shadow and light to create strange dreamy atmospheres The pièces de résistance are the scene in the swimming -pool that creates a feeling of terror without using the tricks of the trade,and the scene when Oliver and Alice are in the flat,hearing roaring.

The movie was ahead of its time in several respects:the Freudian allusions would later be developed by Fritz Lang("secret beyond the door",1945) and of course Hitchcock ("Spellbound",same year).You're going to say that these two great directors give their movies a "realistic" treatment and Jack Tourneur does not.Actually,he takes a divergent way:he introduces ambiguity,this ambiguity dear to Roman Polanski .After all,it could be a mere ,so to speak, neurosis.Few of the sequences actually deal with the supernatural :most of the time,it's a couple then a triangle:the "fantastic" elements could be real :the disturbing woman,who calls Irene "my sister",the scenes with the panther at the zoo,and the pool sequence can be explained by Irène's jealousy.

Although,it's only understood ,it's obvious that the marriage Irène/Oliver has not been consummated,because of a not clearly defined reason-how can a man as pragmatist as Oliver believe in such a far-fetched curse?Isn't it the fear of woman,of the original sin?.This topic will be brilliantly taken on by Christian de Challonges "l'alliance" (1970).Note also how Richard Donner aped the pet shops scene for "the omen" (1976).

It seems that Alice's character is an easy way out,and the weak part of the movie because she's essentially here to comfort the audience,to show the way to "straight" life and to secure a happy end.

The remake (1982) destroys all ambiguity,keeps nothing from the original story but the proper nouns ,and fills its quota of nudity and blood.Stick to the Tourneur version.

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