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

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Jacques Tourneur

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DeWitt Bodeen ... (written by)

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Val Lewton ... producer

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Roy Webb

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Nicholas Musuraca ... director of photography

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Mark Robson

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Albert S. D'Agostino
Walter E. Keller

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

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Renié ... (gowns)

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Doran Cox ... assistant director
Edward Donahue ... second unit director (uncredited)

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John L. Cass ... recordist

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

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

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

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

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

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Richard C. Craven ... humane representative (uncredited)
Mel Koontz ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Lou L. Ostrow ... supervisor (uncredited)
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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?

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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. See more »
Goofs When Irena is alarmed by the woman in the restaurant, she makes the sign of the cross left-to-right, as a Western Catholic would. However, as a Serb, she would more likely have made it right-to-left, as Orthodox and Eastern Catholics do. And if she was Orthodox, she would join three fingers (thumb, index and middle finger) to make the sign of the cross, not use the whole hand. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cat People (1977). See more »
Soundtracks Dodo, L'Enfant Do See more »
Crazy Credits [From the closing credits] "But black sin hath betrayed to endless night. Holy world, both parts and both parts must die."- "Holy Sonnets"- John Donne See more »
Quotes Irena Dubrovna: I like the dark. It's friendly.
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