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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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The Black Menace Creeps Again ! See more »

Genres:

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

Irena is Serbian in origin (as shown on the precursor 'Cat People') yet sings a traditional French Christmas carol 'Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant' to Amy. See more »

Goofs

The photograph Amy finds in the drawer is seen in close-up to be a portrait of Irena. In long shots, however, it looks more like a wedding picture with one person in white and another in black standing side-by-side. See more »

Quotes

Oliver 'Ollie' Reed: She could almost be Irena's child.
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


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Il est né, le divin Enfant
(Traditional French Christmas carol)
Sung by Simone Simon during the Christmas scene.
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User Reviews

 
Horror-movie buffs might be disappointed...
6 May 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

...there are no (deadly) cats or curses in evidence, however this Val Lewton production, sort of a stepchild to his 1942 hit "Cat People", is a strange and haunting movie about an alienated little girl. Deceased cat woman Simone Simon appears as a ghost, visiting her now-remarried husband's young daughter and coming to her aid when the lonely child is in danger. Slim story from screenwriter DeWitt Bodeen, though Lewton provides beautiful visuals. The picture doesn't make a strong impression while you're watching it--mostly due to an unremarkable cast--but a day or two later, you may find yourself thinking it over and wanting to see it again. It has an eerie effect that is hard to shake off. *** from ****


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