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The Leopard Man (1943)

Approved | | Horror, Thriller | 25 June 1943 (USA)
A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy New Mexico town.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Ardel Wray (screenplay), Edward Dein (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Jerry Manning
Margo ... Clo-Clo
Jean Brooks ... Kiki Walker
Isabel Jewell ... Maria - Fortune Teller
James Bell ... Dr. Galbraith
Margaret Landry Margaret Landry ... Teresa Delgado
Abner Biberman ... Charlie How-Come
Tuulikki Paananen ... Consuelo Contreras (as Tula Parma)
Ben Bard ... Roblos - the Police Chief
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Storyline

At the encouragement of her manager, a nightclub performer in New Mexico (Kiki Walker) takes a leashed leopard into the club as a publicity gimmick. But her rival, angered by the attempt to upstage, scares the animal and it bolts. In the days that follow, people are mauled and the countryside is combed for the loose creature. But Kiki and her manager begin to wonder if maybe the leopard is not responsible for the killings. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Strange Savage Murder... Striking At Women Only! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Leopard Man See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Sunday 9 June 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9); it first aired in Altoona Saturday 21 July 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in San Francisco Monday 27 August 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Friday 7 September 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in New York City Saturday 29 September 1956 on WOR (channel 9). See more »

Goofs

DVD subtitles mistakes: Galbraith describes the ancient Indians' use of jaguar skulls in their "religious rites," but the captions read "religious rights". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kiki Walker: It may sound like music to her. I can do better with my teeth in a cold shower.
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Some older TV prints of "The Leopard Man" run 59 minutes. See more »


Soundtracks

Las Mañanitas
(uncredited)
Traditional Mexican birthday song
Performed by Fely Franquelli and Ottola Nesmith
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Atmospheric Tale From Tourneur Fils
14 November 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

A great story from a great storyteller, "The Leopard Man" has all the earmarks of a Tourneur film. He creates tension and suspense without allowing it on screen - all the dread and horror is in the mind of the viewer. This, of course, is diametrically opposed to the way horror is portrayed in movies nowadays, which is to drench the screen with buckets of blood and gore.

This is a Val Lewton low budget picture, Lewton being the man who could produce quality films at bargain prices for RKO. He chose Dennis O'Keefe as the hero of the piece, one of Hollywood's most unsung and underrated actors. O'Keefe had not yet hit his stride as a top 'B' film actor, and "Raw Deal" and "Woman On The Run" were yet to come. Good support comes from Margo, Isabel Jewell, and James Bell, one of the most recognizable faces in movies and on TV.

The only flaw in this picture is the weak ending, which dropped my rating from an eight to a seven. Can't have everything, I guess, but this picture comes very close. That came with "Out Of The Past", several years later, which to my mind is the best Noir film ever made.


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