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Cat Girl (1957)

Unrated | | Horror | September 1957 (USA)
A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.



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Cast overview:
... Leonora Johnson - née Brandt
... Dr. Brian Marlowe
Kay Callard ... Dorothy Marlowe
Ernest Milton ... Edmund Brandt
Lily Kann ... Anna (Brandts' Housekeeper)
Jack May ... Richard Johnson
Paddy Webster ... Cathy (as Patricia Webster)
... Allan
Edward Harvey ... Doorman
... Cafferty
John Watson ... Roberts


A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.

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To caress me is to tempt death!




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Release Date:

September 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cat Girl  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film of John Lee. See more »

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CAT GIRL (Alfred Shaughnessy, 1957) **
10 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

A disturbed young woman (future genre stalwart Barbara Shelley) grudgingly accepts her feline legacy. Imitation CAT PEOPLE (1942) that attempts to have its cake and eat it too: just as the preliminary backdrop of a creaky mansion is traded for an urban milieu during the film's second half, a tangible menace – a pet leopard who feasts on its willing master (Shelley's batty uncle)! – is offset throughout by bouts of cod psychology – courtesy of neglected wife Shelley's long-suffering suitor of a medico. Not too badly done as these things go, but the lack of originality hurts the overall effort. While the running-time on IMDb is given at 76 minutes (and downloading websites seem to offer both 69 and 72-minute versions), the copy I watched – acquired off "You Tube" – ran for only 65 minutes, and even featured inordinately long transitions between scenes!

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