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The Cat Creature (1973)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 11 December 1973
When a rich man dies, some items from a collection of his are stolen- an ancient Egyptian gold amulet and the mummy that was wearing it. The police consult scholars from the local ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Robert Bloch (teleplay), Douglas S. Cramer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Meredith Baxter ... Rena Carter
David Hedison ... Prof. Roger Edmonds
Gale Sondergaard ... Hester Black
John Carradine ... The Hotel Clerk
Renne Jarrett ... Sherry Hastings
Keye Luke ... The Thief - Joe Sung
Kent Smith ... Frank Lucas
Stuart Whitman ... Lt. Marco
Milton Parsons ... The Deputy Coroner
Peter Lorre Jr. ... The Pawnbroker
John Abbott ... Dr. Reinhart
Virgil Frye ... Donovan
William Sims William Sims ... Bert
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Storyline

When a rich man dies, some items from a collection of his are stolen- an ancient Egyptian gold amulet and the mummy that was wearing it. The police consult scholars from the local University to help with the investigation, which is taking a more serious turn as people connected with the case are killed by wounds that seem to be from a housecat. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat Creature See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Twelve minutes of the original film was edited out to fit its broadcast time slot. There are twelve minutes of this movie that were never seen by viewers. See more »

Goofs

Scenes with David Hedison and Stuart Whitman driving through Los Angelas were full of street noise and car horns honking. For these scenes the two actors were to do their lines over again, but this never happened because of time and cost. This is why you hear a lot of street noise drowning out some of their lines. See more »

Quotes

Frank Lucas: [opening line]
[speaking into a tape recorder microphone]
Frank Lucas: October fifth, nine PM! Memo from Frank Lucas licensed appraiser of the John Benjamin attorney! Subject! Inventory the state of Hiram Drake deceased!
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Great Cast, Good Idea but Poor Execution
25 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Cat Creature (1973)

** (out of 4)

An antique collector dies and soon afterwards a thief steals a gold amulet with the face of a cat on it. Soon several people who come in contact with it are murdered or commit suicide, which leads a detective and a college professor into the investigation. THE CAT CREAURE comes from director Curtis Harrington and writer Robert Bloch and it features an all-star cast but in the end you can't help but see this as being pretty minor. The biggest problem is the story, which has a few interesting ideas but nothing good is ever done with it. I thought the film got off to an extremely good start and the ending was good but everything in the middle was pretty much a bore. The entire investigation just seems so one note and there's never any energy behind it. Even with such a short running time the film really did drag badly in spots, which is a real shame because there are some good things here. One such thing is the alternate way of looking at the legend of a mummy and the curse that comes with it. The actual look of the mummy was good and I also thought the film did a good job with how the cats were used. I'm not going to spoil what happens at the end but it's actually a nice little twist. Another good thing is that the cast is great. We get Meredith Baxter doing a good job playing a woman who gets involved with the case and David Hedison is also good as the college professor. Gale Sondergaard (THE BLACK CAT '41), Keye Luke, Kent Smith, Stuart Whitman and Peter Lorre, Jr. are also in the cast and are fun to see. Then we have the great John Carradine in a quick minute role but he gets to act along side a prostitute midget so here's another weird one for the actor's filmmography. THE CAT CREATURE has a few bright ideas but sadly they never really materialize into anything watchable. Fans of the cast might want to check it out but others should stay clear.


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