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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | April 1944 (USA)
The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Directors:

Gunther von Fritsch (as Gunther V. Fritsch), Robert Wise

Writer:

DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Erford Gage ... Police Captain
Sir Lancelot Sir Lancelot ... Edward
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Storyline

This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed. Amy is a very imaginative child who has trouble differentiating fantasy from reality, and has no friends her own age as a result. She makes an imaginary friend though, her father's dead first wife Irena. At about the same time, she befriends Julia Farren, an aging reclusive actress who is alienated from her own daughter Barbara. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amy and Her Friend See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The theme within the film, a child believed to be on the verge of insanity because she lives in a fantasy world, was personal to producer Val Lewton who behaved in a similar way as a child. His wife has said that she felt he never truly came back to the real world as an adult See more »

Goofs

The vehicle that passes Amy on the bridge leaves no tracks in the snow next to her. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Julia Farren: Those days... those beautiful, shining, golden days!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Il est né, le divin Enfant
(Traditional French Christmas carol)
Sung by Simone Simon during the Christmas scene.
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Wow! This is really good...
19 April 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

but then that should really be no surprise considering who's involved here..Val Lewton, Robert Wise and returning star Simone Simon here in a much different albeit the same role as in CAT PEOPLE. Ann Carter as Amy is absolutely phenomenal in this film as well.

This celebration of the strength of a child's imagination is a joy to watch as it is in essence her imagination which gives her strength and courage and in the end will even her tormented and worried father , still terribly haunted by the events in CAT PEOPLE, need it?

While this is in part a sequel to CAT PEOPLE, it's relation to that film is mild at best. No this is a journey into the fantastic through the eyes of one very imaginative yet very lonely child. Beautiful and moving.


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