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Writer:
DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 October 1944 (Mexico) See more »
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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:
ALMOST as brilliant as its predecessor See more (80 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)
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)
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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:
The story that Julia Farren performs for Amy is Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. Sleepy Hollow is north of Tarry Town where the Reed family lives.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:
Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Il Est Ne Le Divin EnfantSee more »

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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
ALMOST as brilliant as its predecessor, 25 March 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Lewton's sequel to the almighty "Cat People" is a mesmerizing and elegant fantasy, but it is by no means a horror film. It's a touching drama and a perceptive social portrait that makes a great study on loneliness and creating an alternate dreamworld. In this case: a young girl that hasn't got much contact with her classmates because of her constant daydreaming and often alarms her parents due to her isolated position. Amy eventually finds true friendship in the supernatural form of Irena, the deceased first wife of her father. Although entirely different in purpose and message, "Curse of the Cat People" actually has a lot more in common with its predecessor than it looks. Three essential characters return and their personalities haven't changed. Irena (played by the goddess Simone Simon) is still a warm-hearted but frigid woman and Ollie is still a loving man incapable of handling the supernatural events around him. Basically, this sequel is quite a unique achievement in cinema as it forms a solid wholesome with the first, despite implementing an entirely different tone. There are some genuine moments of fear, but these are the result of a terrific sub-plot in which an elderly Mrs. Farren (Amy's neighbor) accuses her daughter Barbara of being an impostor and a replacement for her real daughter who died in an accident. The film is beautiful to look at, with a stunning photography and excellent sets. The end-sequence (involving an imaginary metamorphosis) is breath-taking and one of the most enchanting moments in cinema history. The acting performances are flawless and the crush I had on Simone Simon only got intenser! Robert Wise does a terrific directing job (his debut) along with the unknown Gunther Von Fritsch. Wise continued working for Val Lewton one year later with the effectively creepy "The Body Snatcher". I will probably always prefer the original "Cat People" – simply because that is one of the most impressive and intelligent stories ever – but this imaginative sequel is almost as brilliant. Highly recommended.

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