Jacques Tourneur directed this Val Lewton production that stars Simone Simon as Irina Dubrovna, a Serbian immigrant working as a fashion artist in New York City who meets Oliver Reed(played by Kent Smith) at the zoo. They fall in love and get married, but run into trouble when she finds herself afraid of intimacy, since she believes the fables and legends of her homeland that indicate she is descended from a cursed line of Cat People, who turn murderous when aroused. He scoffs at this, but when his friend & co-worker Alice(played by Jane Randolph) is stalked by a cat-like creature, he begins to wonder. Meanwhile, Irina sees psychiatrist Dr. Louis Judd(played by Tom Conway) who has designs on Irina himself... Eerie and original film avoids monster movie clichés to create an effective atmosphere of dread. Quite intelligent as well, though requires patience, since it is decidedly different!
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Cat People is a movie starring Simone Simon, Tom Conway, and Kent Smith. An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.
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Serbian national Irena Dubrovna, a fashion sketch artist, has recently arrived in New York for work. The first person who she makes a personal connection with there is marine engineer Oliver Reed. The two fall in love and get married despite Irena's reservations, not about Oliver but about herself. She has always felt different than other people, but has never been sure why. She lives close to the zoo, and unlike many of her neighbors is comforted by the sounds of the big cats emanating from the zoo. And although many see it purely as an old wives' tale, she believes the story from her village of ancient residents being driven into witchcraft and evil doing, those who managed to survive by escaping into the mountains. After seeing her emotional pain, Oliver arranges for her to see a psychiatrist to understand why she believes what she does. In therapy, Dr. Judd, the psychiatrist, learns that she also believes, out of that villagers' tale, that she has descended from this evil - women ...
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Classic Thriller.Reviewed byAaronCapenBannerVote: 7/10
"Cat People" was the first of nine horror movies from the RKO "B" unit headed by the legendary Val Lewton. Lewton had worked for the unpredictable Davis O. Selznick in the 1930s. Lewton left Selznick (who wouldn't have) and was offered a chance to head up his own "B" unit at RKO. And the rest as they say is history.
Irena (Simone Simon) and Oliver (Kent Smith) meet at a zoo where she is sketching pictures of a black panther. Oliver is immediately attracted to the mysterious Irena and they marry. When Irena is unable to consummate their marriage, Oliver tries to be understanding. It seems Irena descends from a people whose women turn into black panthers when aroused or angered. As corny as it sounds, the premise actually works under the able direction of Jacques Tourneur and the supervision of Lewton.
Alice Moore (Jane Randolph) works with Oliver and confesses her love for him. Irena meanwhile, has sought out help from psychiatrist Dr. Louis Judd (Tom Conway). Oliver in the meantime has come to love Alice and tells Irena that their marriage is over. Irena becomes jealous of Alice and you know what that means.
In two of the film's classic scenes, Lewton gives us the first of his "shadows in the dark" scares. First, Irena follows Alice through the park at night and suddenly Alice becomes aware that "something" is following her. We never see what we believe to be a panther but only subtle suggestions of same.
The second sequence takes place in the swimming pool at Alice's apartment building. Irena follows Alice to the pool area. Again, Alice senses that something is stalking her and she jumps into the pool for protection and begins to yell for help. The scene ends with Irena turning on the light and asking Alice if she has seen Oliver. Irena leaves and Alice discovers that her bathrobe has been torn to shreds.
A third such scene takes place at Oliver and Alice's office when we clearly see a black panther stalking the pair. Later, Dr. Judd who turns out to be a let ch tries to seduce Irena. She suddenly begins to change and............
Lewton was able to create terror in the minds of his audience through skillful use darkness, shadows and suggestion. We never actually see any monster in the films key fright scenes. It lives in the imaginations of his audience. He did this on a "B" picture budget with a limited shooting schedule.
The performances are excellent. Simon was chosen for the lead because of her cat-like features and turns in the performance of her career. Smith is adequate as the understanding (to a point) husband. Randolph as the "other woman" plays well against the Simon character. Conway does what he can with the limited role of Dr. Judd. Jack Holt puts in a brief appearance as Smith and Randolph's boss.
Followed by "The Curse of the Cat People" (1944).
Mysterious and alluring fashion designer Simone Simon (as Irena Dubrovna) visits the local zoo, to sketch a ferocious black panther. There, she attracts handsome architect Kent Smith (as Oliver "Ollie" Reed), and the two are quickly married. But, things don't go well for the newlyweds. Get ready to suspend your disbelief, because the beautiful Ms. Simon won't have martial relations with her husband - in fact, they've never even kissed?
Simon fears, with any hint of sexual pleasure, she will turn into a big cat and scratch Mr. Reed's eyes out!
It all has to do with a dreadful, ancient Serbian curse (of the "Cat People"). Reed is so taken with Simon, that he decides he'll continue to wait for that first kiss (and whatever else comes up) while he refers her to Freudian psychiatrist Tom Conway (as Louis Judd). Mr. Conway's character explains (in the opening quote), "Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys, so does ancient sin cling to the low places," and Conway decides a little kissing of the patient might be just what the doctor ordered. Somehow, Reed also manages to resist beautiful co-worker Jane Randolph (as Alice Moore), who throws his jealous wife into a feline rage.
The combination of producer Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur works magically on this modestly budgeted suspense thriller; more of the "horror" is suggested than shown, which is always most effective. With cameraman Nicholas Musuraca assisting, the crew makes excellent use of light and shadows. Note how even the "extras" (woman standing beside Reed and waltzing musician in the opening) and bit players (cleaning woman and waitress) are used effectively. Sets creep, vehicles hiss, and smoke billows artfully.
********* Cat People (12/6/42) Val Lewton : Jacques Tourneur ~ Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Tom Conway