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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Approved | | Drama | April 1944 (USA)
The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

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Storyline

This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed. Amy is a very imaginative child who has trouble differentiating fantasy from reality, and has no friends her own age as a result. She makes an imaginary friend though, her father's dead first wife Irena. At about the same time, she befriends Julia Farren, an aging reclusive actress who is alienated from her own daughter Barbara. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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A Maldição da Pantera  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The tension between Amy and her father Oliver in the film, according to commentary by Gregory Mank, mirrors the real love/hate relationship shared by Val Lewton and his daughter Nina See more »

Goofs

When Miss Callahan runs to the phone to call the police to report that Amy is missing she dials O for the operator and begins speaking as if the call was answered on the other end of the line; however, the rotatory dial had not stopped before she begins her conversation. See more »

Quotes

Miss Callahan: Children love to dream things up.
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Connections

Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »

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Il est né, le divin Enfant
(Traditional French Christmas carol)
Sung by Simone Simon during the Christmas scene.
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Lovely and haunting...
26 August 2003 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This film is one of my all time favorites; and I have to admit that I really question the smarts of anyone who can't see the very strong ties this film has to its predecessor.

In fact, the whole film centers around curses of various kinds; however, we're not talking about curses in the gypsy-mumbo-jumbo sense but in the sense of seeming to live under the kind of weight brought on by loneliness, anger, frustration, and, perhaps to a certain point, obsession.

There is so much loveliness in this film that to quibble over semantics really does it a disservice. Open your mind when you watch this one, and let its enchantment do its work.


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