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Cat People (1942) was a Horror - Mystery Film directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Val Lewton.

Cat People was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

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Cat People (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 12, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Cat People has one of those sensationalized B-picture premises and there are moments when its meager aspects let slip that this is a low-budget effort, but within those restrictions, it moves with a certain purpose and chilliness. It’s true that producer Val Lewton had a B-movie renaissance go... Read full article


Cat People (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 12, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Cat People has one of those sensationalized B-picture premises and there are moments when its meager aspects let slip that this is a low-budget effort, but within those restrictions, it moves with a certain purpose and chilliness. It’s true that producer Val Lewton had a B-movie renaissance go... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Cat People

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 24, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Cat People (1942), starring Simone Simon, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). October's selections will focus on felines in film. T... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 18, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Ostensibly a sequel to the 1942 horror classic, Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People (1944) is in reality a completely different kind of tale. It's not really a horror movie and not really a sequel to the original film, even though it brings back most of the characters from the earlier outing and... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (1944)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 18, 2016 From Virtual Virago

Ostensibly a sequel to the 1942 horror classic, Cat People, The Curse of the Cat People (1944) is in reality a completely different kind of tale. It's not really a horror movie and not really a sequel to the original film, even though it brings back most of the characters from the earlier outing and... Read full article


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Irena Dubrovna: Oh, you can tell Alice anything, she's such a good egg she can understand anything
Oliver 'Ollie' Reed: There are some things a woman doesn't want other women to understand.


The Commodore: Look at that woman over there.
Doc Carver: Looks just like a cat.


Irena Dubrovna: I like the dark. It's friendly.


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R.K.O. gave Val Lewton only $150,000 to make the film, resulting in "creative" producing. This forced many of the scenes requiring special effects to be done in shadows which many believe increased the suspense of the film. When studio execs insisted that more footage of the panther be included in the movie, Lewton was able to maintain the budget and the suspense of the film by limiting how many scenes the panther could be visibly seen and told the cinematographer to "keep the panther in the shadows." Thus the panther was only visible in the office and zoo cage.
Supervisor Lou L. Ostrow was so dissatisfied with the style of the movie he wanted to replace director Jacques Tourneur after four days of filming. Producer Val Lewton got studio head Charles Koerner to reinstate Tourneur, and when Ostrow insisted on the panther appearing in the drafting room sequence, Lewton had Tourneur use low lighting putting the panther in the shadows.
Val Lewton reportedly sought Simone Simon for this film after seeing her performance in All That Money Can Buy.
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Released 1942
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