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The Catman of Paris (1946)

Are mysterious killings in Paris of 1896 the work of man or monster?


Lesley Selander


Sherman L. Lowe (original screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Esmond ... Charles Regnier
Lenore Aubert ... Marie Audet
Adele Mara ... Marguerite Duval
Douglass Dumbrille ... Henry Borchard
Gerald Mohr ... Inspector Severen
Fritz Feld ... Prefect of Police
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Paul Audet
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Guillard
Francis McDonald ... Devereaux
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Paul de Roche
Alphonse Martell Alphonse Martell ... Maurice Cocaignac
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Jules
John Dehner ... Georges
Anthony Caruso ... Raoul
Carl Neubert Carl Neubert ... Phillippe


Author Charles Regnier returns to 1896 Paris after exotic travels, having written a bestseller which the Ministry of Justice would like to ban. That very night, an official is killed in the dark streets... clawed to death! The prefect of police suspects some sort of "were-cat" but Inspector Severen thinks there's nothing supernatural about Regnier's motive. And Regnier has increasing doubts about himself when he has another hallucinatory blackout during the second killing... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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BEWARE! A MONSTER IS LOOSE! (original ad - all caps)


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Release Date:

20 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bestia de París See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


About 16 minutes into the film, the 19th-century bronze plaque reading "PAUL AUDET ET CIE / EDITEURS" uses an Art Deco typeface that would not have been created until the 1920s or 1930s. See more »

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THE CATMAN OF Paris (Lesley Selander, 1946) **
10 October 2013 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Savage murders at turn-of-the-century Paris are attributed to a popular crime author who suffers from bouts of amnesia. Preposterous Poverty Row riff on both WEREWOLF OF London (1935) and CAT PEOPLE (1942), disguising its singular lack of purpose under indifferent period detail. Prolific director Selander is best-known for a spate of Western programmers and, if anything, this routine affair only serves to prove that his earlier atmospheric foray into the fantasy genre, THE VAMPIRE'S GHOST (1945), was a mere fluke; having said that, the film under review does feature a bar-room brawl (involving a young Anthony Caruso and John Dehner) and a carriage assault that seem to come straight out of a cowboy movie! The troubled hero (Carl Esmond) is a bore and no sparring partner for Inspector Gerald Mohr; the root of and the reason behind the transformations are far-fetched even for the genre…and you have not lived until you have seen ubiquitous comedy foil Douglass Dumbrille decked out in the hirsute titular 'costume'!

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