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The Catman of Paris (1946)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 20 April 1946 (USA)
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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Werecat kills young ladies in 1896 Paris to maintain his immortality
23 September 2015 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

The Catman of Paris sounds more a movie about a jewel thief or second story man then a monster film. Lesley Selander was Republics go to western director and the cast has some recognizable faces but of course, no big stars. The catman is a were-creature and part of the fun is trying to guess who the shape shifter really is. Carl Esmond and Lenor Aubert are top billed and they give the proceedings a European flavor. There is bit more attention to period detail in the set and costume design then is seen in most of these little opuses.

Selander directed westerns and Catman rolls like a western. John Dehner, Anthony Caruso, and Robert J Wilkie would all go on to make their make in television westerns in the 1950's. Republic in house eye candy Adele Mara is around to liven up the proceedings. Sherman L Loews screenplay is a no frills and move the story along quickly affair. The FX is kept to a minimum with minimal lighting and the use of shadows and darkness in the shots to convey a creepy look and cover up the cheapness of the sets.

Catman of Paris is not going to entertain the blood, guts, and gore fanatics. Its an entertaining little, horror, western action film that keeps you guessing until the end.

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