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The Leopard Man (1943)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 25 June 1943 (USA)
A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy new Mexico town.

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Clo-Clo
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Kiki Walker
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Maria - Fortune Teller
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Dr. Galbraith
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Teresa Delgado
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Charlie How-Come
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Consuelo Contreras (as Tula Parma)
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Roblos - the Police Chief
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At the encouragement of her manager, a nightclub performer in New Mexico (Kiki Walker) takes a leashed leopard into the club as a publicity gimmick. But her rival, angered by the attempt to upstage, scares the animal and it bolts. In the days that follow, people are mauled and the countryside is combed for the loose creature. But Kiki and her manager begin to wonder if maybe the leopard is not responsible for the killings. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Strange Savage Murder... Striking At Women Only! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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25 June 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre leopardo  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Made it's New York TV premiere 29 September 1956 on WOR (channel 9). See more »

Goofs

The smoke from Jerry's cigarette during the conversation with Galbraith in the nightclub during Clo-Clo's dance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kiki Walker: It may sound like music to her. I can do better with my teeth in a cold shower.
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Soundtracks

Las Mañanitas
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Traditional Mexican birthday song
Performed by Fely Franquelli and Ottola Nesmith
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Taut little B-movie
6 May 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Slimly-plotted but handsomely-produced second-biller about an escaped leopard in a small dirt town in New Mexico that may be the cause of several horrific deaths...or maybe not! Intriguing premise given stylish film-noir treatment. Performances are solid, and Jacques Tourneur's crafty direction allows viewers to see just enough before fading to black. Val Lewton produced, giving the proceedings his customary spooky polish; Roy Webb's background score is predictably dramatic, though the intermittent use of dead silence is even more effective (and the castanets were a nice touch). Story tails off near the end, but film is still a minor gem. Fantastically atmospheric and fun. Based on the book "Black Alibi" by Cornell Woolrich. *** from ****


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