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Handed the exploitive title , RKO producer Val Lewton opted for a thinking man's thriller--a psychological mood piece, more reliant on suspense and suggestion than overt "scare stuff". Simone Simon plays an enigmatic young fashion artist who is curiously affected by the panther cage at the central park zoo. She falls in love with handsome Kent Smith, but loses him to Jane Randolph. After a chance confrontation with a bizarre stranger at a restaurant, Simon becomes obsessed with the notion that she's a Cat Woman--a member of an ancient Serbian tribe that metamorphoses into panthers whenever aroused by jealousy. She begins stalking her rival Randolph, terrifying the latter in the film's most memorable scene, set in an indoor swimming pool at midnight. Psychiatrist Tom Conway scoffs at the Cat Woman legend--until he recoils in horror after kissing Simon. If the film's main set looks familiar, it is because it was built for Orson Welles' Orson Welles (Lewton later used the same set for his Lewton). was remade by director Paul Schrader in 1982. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 6, 1942


Simone Simon
as Irena Dubrovna
Kent Smith
as Oliver Reed
Tom Conway
as Dr. Louis Judd
Jane Randolph
as Alice Moore
Jack Holt
as Commodore
Alan Napier
as Carver
Elizabeth Dunne
as Miss Plunkett
Elizabeth Russell
as The Cat Woman
Murdock MacQuarrie
as Sheep Caretaker
Connie Leon
as Woman
George Ford
as Whistling Cop
Dot Farley
as Mrs. Agnew
Eddie Dew
as Street Cop
Bud Geary
as Mounted Cop
Alec Craig
as Zookeeper
Charles Jordan
as Bus Driver
Donald Kerr
as Taxi Driver
Theresa Harris
as Minnie


Jacques Tourneur
Val Lewton
Nick Musuraca
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Robson
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Costume Designer