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An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.


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Irena Dubrovna Reed
Oliver Reed
Dr. Louis Judd
Alice Moore
The Commodore
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henrietta Burnside ...
Sue Ellen (uncredited)
Zookeeper (uncredited)
Street Policeman (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dunne ...
Mrs. Plunkett (uncredited)
Dynamite ...
The Panther (uncredited)
Mrs. Agnew (uncredited)
Blondie (uncredited)
Minnie (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ...
Bus Driver (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Connie Leon ...
Neighbor Who Called Police (uncredited)
Sheep Caretaker (uncredited)
Doc Carver (uncredited)
John Piffle ...
Café Proprietor (uncredited)
Mrs. Hansen (uncredited)
The Cat Woman (uncredited)
Organ Grinder (uncredited)

Directed by

Jacques Tourneur

Written by

DeWitt Bodeen ... (written by)

Produced by

Val Lewton ... producer

Music by

Roy Webb

Cinematography by

Nicholas Musuraca ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Mark Robson

Art Direction by

Albert S. D'Agostino
Walter E. Keller

Set Decoration by

A. Roland Fields ... (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera

Costume Design by

Renié ... (gowns)

Makeup Department

Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Doran Cox ... assistant director
Eddie Donahoe ... second unit director (uncredited)

Sound Department

John L. Cass ... recordist

Special Effects by

Vernon L. Walker ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Linwood G. Dunn ... photographic effects (uncredited)


Lila Finn ... stunt double Simone Simon (uncredited)
Linda Finn ... stunt double: Simone Simon (uncredited)
Paul Stader ... Stunt double: Tom Conway (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Frank Redman ... second unit: photography (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director
John Leipold ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Richard C. Craven ... humane representative (uncredited)
Mel Koontz ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Lou L. Ostrow ... supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Serbian national Irena Dubrovna, a fashion sketch artist, has recently arrived in New York for work. The first person who she makes a personal connection with there is marine engineer Oliver Reed. The two fall in love and get married despite Irena's reservations, not about Oliver but about herself. She has always felt different than other people, but has never been sure why. She lives close to the zoo, and unlike many of her neighbors is comforted by the sounds of the big cats emanating from the zoo. And although many see it purely as an old wives' tale, she believes the story from her village of ancient residents being driven into witchcraft and evil doing, those who managed to survive by escaping into the mountains. After seeing her emotional pain, Oliver arranges for her to see a psychiatrist to understand why she believes what she does. In therapy, Dr. Judd, the psychiatrist, learns that she also believes, out of that villagers' tale, that she has descended from this evil - women who change into great cats like panthers in passion, anger or jealousy - and that she will turn into a such a dangerous big cat upon being kissed in turn killing her lover and others who have betrayed her. This belief is why she has resisted falling in love before she met Oliver. Learning this information from Irena, Oliver wants to do whatever needed to help her as does Dr. Judd. But Irena's beliefs may be tested when Oliver's friendship with a co-worker named Alice Moore may become more than just friends... Written by Huggo

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Taglines She knew strange, fierce pleasures that no other woman could ever feel! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Cat People (United States)
  • La Féline (France)
  • Katzenmenschen (Germany)
  • La mujer pantera (Spain)
  • La dona pantera (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 73 min
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Budget $134,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The horror movie technique of slowly building tension to a jarring shock which turns out to be something completely harmless and benign became known as a "Lewton bus" after a famous scene in this movie created by producer Val Lewton. The technique is also referred to as a "cat scare," as off-screen noises are often revealed to be a startled harmless cat. See more »
Goofs When Irena does not show up at her apartment when Dr. Judd, Oliver, and Alice are waiting for her, they leave. Dr. Judd hides his cane in the apartment to give him an excuse to borrow Oliver's key and go back in for it. Afterward, he leaves the door unlocked so that he can sneak back in, something that is hidden from Oliver and Alice. Yet, after Oliver and Alice are threatened in the office, they call the apartment to warn Dr. Judd that Irena is definitely dangerous and that he should leave. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cat People (1960). See more »
Soundtracks Dodo, L'Enfant Do See more »
Crazy Credits [From the opening credits] "Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys, so does ancient sin cling to the low places, the depression sin the world consciousness." - "The Anatomy of Atavism" - Dr. Louis Judd See more »
Quotes Irena Dubrovna: I like the dark. It's friendly.
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