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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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The Curse of The Cat People (1944): The Oddest of Horror Sequels

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 30, 2019 From 4 Star Films

The Curse of the Cat People feels like entering a storybook only to find ourselves in Tarry Town near Sleepy Hollow. Fittingly, we are placed with a group of kindergarteners who have come with their teacher to frolic and enjoy a field trip to the place brought to life in the tall tales of Washington... Read full article


The sad reality of Cat People (1942)

By Carol Martinheira on Oct 22, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

The sad reality of Cat People (1942) On October 22, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Last year’s Horror Month DOUBLE BILL focused on the similarities between The Invisible Man (1933, dir. James Whale) and The Wolfman (1941, dir. George Waggner). If one wanted to str... 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


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


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Irena Dubrovna: Oh, it's alright. It's just that cats don't seem to like me.


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


Irena Dubrovna: Will you have tea with me in my apartment?
Oliver 'Ollie' Reed: You make everything so simple!


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Facts about

Val Lewton reportedly sought Simone Simon for this film after seeing her performance in All That Money Can Buy.
Because of the incredibly tight budget, sets from Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons were re-used.
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.
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National Film Registry

Cat People

Released 1942
Inducted 1993
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Also released in 1942




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