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The Curse of the Cat People
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Title: The Curse of the Cat People
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch [1]
Robert Wise
Written by: DeWitt Bodeen
Produced by: Val Lewton
Music by: Roy Webb
Cinematography: Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by: J.R. Whittredge
Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures
Released: March 2nd, 1944 [2]
Rating: Approved
Running time: 70 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Previous: Cat People (1942)

The Curse of the Cat People is an American feature film of the supernatural thriller subgenre. It is the sequel to the 1942 movie Cat People. The film was directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise with a script written by DeWitt Bodeen. The film was produced by Val Lewton for RKO Radio Pictures and was released theatrically in the United States on March 2nd, 1944.

The movie stars Simone Simon as the ghost of Irena Dubrovna, Kent Smith as Ollie Reed, Jane Randolph as Alice Reed and Ann Carter as their daughter, Amy Reed. Other stars include Eve March as Miss Callahan, Julia Dean as Mrs. Julia Farren, and Elizabeth Russell as Barbara Farren.

The film takes place some six years after the events of Cat People and shows that Oliver Reed and Alice Moore are now married and have a young daughter named Amy. However, they are still haunted by the memory of Oliver's first wife - the psychotic werepanther, Irena Dubrovna, whose spirit begins appearing before their daughter, enticing the child to befriend her.

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  • Curse of the Cat People was filmed at the RKO ranch and RKO Studios in the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Some scenes were shot at Malibu Lake and 900 West Adams Street in Los Angeles. [4]
  • Taglines for this film include, "The black menace creeps again!", "A tender tale of terror!" and "Strange... forbidding... thrilling."
  • In France, the movie is known as La malédiction des hommes-chats. [7]
  • This movie marks the feature film directorial debut of Gunther von Fritsch. He primarily worked on documentary shorts. It is also his only work in the horror genre.
  • This is the first major directing work for Robert Wise, whose only previous involvement in film were directing additional sequences for the 1942 war drama The Magnificent Ambersons.
  • Curse of the Cat People is the fourth movie written by DeWitt Bodeen and his second and final work in the horror genre. He also wrote the screenplay for this film's predecessor, Cat People in 1942.
  • Some of the sets used in this film were taken from The Magnificent Ambersons, which was released in 1942. Director Robert Wise worked on that film also.

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1940s films

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