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The Curse of the Cat People -- Sequel to the classic horror film "Cat People" about a lonely child who creates an imaginary playmate with surprisingly dangerous results.


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DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 October 1944 (Mexico) See more »
Strange, Forbidding, Thrilling See more »
The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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My Friend See more (85 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Simone Simon ... Ghost of Irena

Kent Smith ... Oliver 'Ollie' Reed

Jane Randolph ... Alice Reed
Ann Carter ... Amy Reed
Eve March ... Miss Callahan
Julia Dean ... Mrs. Julia Farren
Elizabeth Russell ... Barbara Farren
Erford Gage ... Police Captain
Sir Lancelot ... Edward
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bates ... Jack (uncredited)
Linda Bieber ... Little Girl (uncredited)

Joel Davis ... Donald Miller (uncredited)
Joan Delmer ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Gloria Donovan ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... Card Playing Guest (uncredited)
Nita Hunter ... Lois Huggins (uncredited)
Sarah Selby ... Miss Plumett, Caroler (uncredited)
Mel Sternlight ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Ginny Wren ... Little Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Gunther von Fritsch  (as Gunther V. Fritsch)
Robert Wise 
Writing credits
DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay)

Produced by
Val Lewton .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
Film Editing by
J.R. Whittredge  (as J. R. Whittredge)
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera 
William Stevens (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry D'Arcy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Francis M. Sarver .... recordist
James G. Stewart .... rerecordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Redman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1998) (1999) | USA:Approved (PCA #9618) | USA:TV-PG (TV Rating)

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The poem quoted by the Miss Callahan is The Unseen Playmate by Robert Louis Stevenson from 'A Child's Garden of Verses' (1913).See more »
Continuity: The photograph Amy finds in the drawer is seen in close-up to be a portrait of Irena. In long shots, however, it looks more like a wedding picture with one person in white and another in black standing side-by-side.See more »
Miss Callahan:Children love to dream things up.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)See more »
Il est né, le divin EnfantSee more »


What is 'Curse of the Cat People' about?
Where do Amy and her parents live?
Is this a ghost story or a psychological drama?
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48 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
My Friend, 23 April 2002
Author: Prof_Lostiswitz from Cyberia

This is the only movie I have ever seen that deals honestly with the experience of childhood. Every other movie shows us a grown-up view, Curse of the Cat People lets us see directly through a child's eyes and think exactly what she is thinking; her experience becomes ours. Ann Carter is a brilliant actress. (I lent the tape to a kid that age and she watched it for weeks.) It is timeless, just as childhood is; nothing has changed over 60 years.

Repeated viewing has made me see that it IS related to Cat People in an important way: it shows that Irena is genuinely the kind and loving person she had always wanted to be – after she had killed herself believing herself to be a vicious evil monster. She befriends Amy at a time when the girl feels isolated, and later intervenes to save her life; but salvation cuts both ways, as this relationship gives Irena a real pleasure in life…I mean afterlife…or whatever it is. Amy saves Irena quite as much as vice-versa.And you get the impression that Amy is spiritually Irena's daughter, whatever the genetics might be. Simone Simon is so gorgeous, you wonder why she didn't become a major star and go in the history books.

Even the stupid title begins to make some sense- is Amy cursed by destiny to go down the same road as Irena? But we end up by supposing that this is a blessing.

Oliver Reed is just as dumb as a father as he was as a husband in Cat People; but the story depends on his insensitivity; it wouldn't work any other way. `Sir Lancelot' plays the black servant with lively intelligence, an unusually dignified portrayal of black people by 1940's standards. Val Lewton's sympathies were always on the side of children, ethnic minorities, artists and such.

And he could pack so much into a 60 minute movie! The guy was a genius.

N.B. Lewton chose a rookie to direct this one: Robert Wise. This ghost-story is the first movie he ever made, and it is quite as good as Sound of Music, Star Trek 1 or his other pictures. And you can see where he learned the ideas that would go into The Haunting.

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