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Writer:
DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 October 1944 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Strange, Forbidding, Thrilling See more »
Plot:
This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
enigmatic fantasy completely compelling See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1998) (1999) | USA:Approved (PCA #9618)

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Trivia:
Because of the incredibly tight budget, sets from Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) were re-used.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The vehicle that passes Amy on the bridge leaves no tracks in the snow next to her.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Il Est Ne, Le Divin EnfantSee more »

FAQ

How much time has elapsed between "The Cat People" and this movie?
What are the two songs that Irena sings in French to Amy?
What is the curse?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
enigmatic fantasy completely compelling, 22 August 2001
Author: limsgirl

I don't think many people will dispute that this dreamy tribute to themes of childhood loneliness and the power imagination has to rescue children from the darkest places resonates tremendously. As noted in previous comments, there is great hue and cry that the film is unrelated to the first Cat People story (with the exception of characters that people its landscape) and that the title is inappropriate. I agree that the title is somewhat exploitive, but if one truly examines the curse of Elena's existence in the context of mythic themes of good versus evil, then Elena's ultimate redemption is her ability , through her intercession with Amy, to protect her from the evil in the mortal world embodied within the film. This film is filled with real images and feelings of childhood, so much so that at times it is almost painful to watch. But watch it you should.

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