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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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Not Really Sure If This Is Horror...
12 October 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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

The best thing I can say about this film is that it has an awesomely choreographed fight in a restaurant, with plenty of flips and tables breaking. The waiter getting knocked over with a full tray (even though there are no customers, so who is the food for?).

Hard to say if this is a horror film. Netflix seems to think so, and I guess the idea of a half-man, half-cat killing people is sort of horror. But it is really pretty tame. We could say it is an early serial killer film with a population getting terrorized, but whether or not it is horror is just a tough call.

This warrants a second viewing.

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