Cat People

1942

Action / Fantasy / Film-Noir / Horror / Thriller

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 16224

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Alan Napier as Doc Carver
Tom Conway as Dr. Louis Judd
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 7 / 10

Somewhat disappointing!

Cat People doesn't hold up too well. For all the promise of its premise, the script has a juvenile, dime-novel flavor. True, certain sequences still possess a great deal of suspense, notably the much-anthologized and much-praised sequence in which Jane Randolph is stalked at night along a narrow alley-way. On the whole, however, the picture seems too dated, too talkative, and too obviously made on the cheap. For me, one of the most effective sequences occurs when Simone Simon plays with the canary, her tongue licking her lips in a distinctive and disturbing feline way. Although Simon plays very capably and indeed charmingly throughout the rest of the movie, she never recaptures the menace of that single sequence. She seems fragile and in need of protection herself. (This, of course, is how the role was written). In his film debut, Kent Smith makes for the wettest of wet heroes. The support players likewise struggle with script characterizations that are either one-dimensional (Alec Craig as the zoo attendant) or indifferent (Jack Holt, for example, is completely wasted in a piddling, inconsequential and wholly minor role). Although Tourneur occasionally directs with flair and style, many scenes are handled in a thoroughly ordinary, even pedestrian fashion. Production values are distinctly "B". Many of the sets have about them a pasteboard air which not even Musuraca's opulently gray-toned camerawork can disguise.

Reviewed by calvinnme 8 / 10

She was a cat, he was a dog.

First off major SPOILER warning as I completely (almost) spoil the film.

Boy (Kent Smith as Oliver) meets girl (Simone Simon as Irena). Except boy is one of the few men between 20 and 60 who is not in the military, and the girl has bizarre fantasies about being one of the "cat people" - people descended from a group of witches and warlocks in Europe that escaped the sword of King John when he came to cleanse their village of wickedness.

Oliver and Irena eventually admit their love, and Oliver proposes marriage. Irena has doubts because of her feelings that there is evil in her, that she is one of the "cat people". Oliver poo poos such nonsense and basically says"Forget that cat people nonsense babe and marry me anyways, it will make no difference." But it does. Irena doesn't want to consummate the marriage. Oliver says no problem he'll wait. Irena goes to see a psychiatrist, Oliver says no problem he'll wait. Irena wrestles with her cat people identity problem until a few months later she tells Oliver she has decided to put the past behind her and be a real wife to him. Not so fast Oliver says. He now loves Alice, a girl at work and he wants a divorce.

So Irena, a troubled soul to begin with, has a husband who thinks "Until death do you part" is just a saying people kick around at weddings and has completely overestimated his patience, while Alice, a woman who has said she was Irena's friend has been that shoulder Oliver can cry on at work until she steals his heart. Also, the psychiatrist has ulterior motives too as Tom Conway rips a page from his brother George Sanders' playbook.

Last line of the film - Oliver saying "She never lied to us". Yep, but ALL of you - the doctor, Oliver, Alice - essentially lied to HER. I'd like to turn into a big cat and eat the three of them if I were in Irena's circumstances.

Don't think I don't love this film - I do. It uses atmosphere and what you don't see where the 82 version just used cheesy sex scenes and lots of gore.

Reviewed by Antonius Block 7 / 10

A couple of fantastic scenes, but overall lacking passion

'Cat People' is a great concept for a horror movie, even if it does seem like a knock-off (and mirror) of the Wolfman genre. It also has a couple of very nice moments of suspense when the Cat Woman stalks her husband's girlfriend, one in which a bus abruptly pulls up (thenceforth known as a 'Lewton Bus') and another in a dark, creepy pool. It is unfortunate, however, that some of the tension is missing in the first half of the film because we clearly know what's going on with this young woman, and why she won't get intimate with her husband. The film also lacks the slinky sexiness you'd expect from a woman who turns into a black panther when sexually aroused or angered, some of which can be attributed to the production code at the time, and some of which are due to director Jacques Tourneur and his leading lady Simone Simon. It is understated for sure, and it's admirable that it relies on suggestion rather than showing us graphic violence. With the exception of those fantastic stalking scenes, though, it's almost too minimalistic. I can forgive it for being bare bones and for being short at 73 minutes, but have to knock it down a bit for the lack of passion in all of its main characters. Certainly worth watching though.

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