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Cat Girl (1957)

Unrated | | Horror | September 1957 (USA)
A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.


Alfred Shaughnessy


Lou Rusoff (original screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Barbara Shelley ... Leonora Johnson - née Brandt
Robert Ayres ... Dr. Brian Marlowe
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Dorothy Marlowe
Ernest Milton ... Edmund Brandt
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Anna (Brandts' Housekeeper)
Jack May Jack May ... Richard Johnson
Paddy Webster Paddy Webster ... Cathy (as Patricia Webster)
John Lee ... Allan
Edward Harvey Edward Harvey ... Doorman
Martin Boddey ... Cafferty
John Watson John Watson ... Roberts


A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered.

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SCREAMING TERROR! To caress me is to tempt death!




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Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat Girl See more »

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Production Co:

Insignia Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Decent if still enjoyable effort
21 October 2016 | by kannibalcorpsegrinderSee all my reviews

Traveling to a family members' house, a woman finds that her family curse has passed onto her where she will transform and become a cat- like creature and tries to protect her friends there to help her from the now-murderous creature prowling the area.

This one wasn't too terrible of a Gothic horror effort. What really works here is the fact that there's a solid amount of work delivered here from the curse which is pretty explicitly told and given plenty of reign across the film. Starting from the expository scene where he goes into detail about the concept of the legacy affecting the family and how it will become a part of her that works all the traditional Gothic tropes of the unsuspecting falling victim to the wrongs committed by the past, this one really gets quite a decent amount of mileage out of this setup which is what gives this some great points to work with. The additional configuration of the curse into a typical werewolf storyline but transplanting the creature in every other mindset into that of the titular leopard cat makes for a further great plot-point here telling this type of story while making for the great scenes of transformation occurring as she comes into the change through these rather fun scenes. As well, the film's biggest plus here is that it gets away from the grand Victorian mansion and into the city for the finale which is fun enough with the rather tense stalking scene in the city street as well as the big finish where the encounter with the turned animal hunting her in the darkened alleyways before the startling manner of finishing it off gives this a strong scene to close out on. For the most part these here are what really hold this one up over it's somewhat minor flaws. The biggest issue is the rather overt and obvious threadbare plot that simply generates nothing but the same scene over and over again of her being worried about what's going to happen to her and letting these fears onto others yet nothing else is ever done about them. That is repeated so frequently throughout here that it really manages to throw the film into a rather familiar pattern quite easily as once again playing up the influences of the werewolf genre by telling of the reluctant participant once again going for the majority of the film that really makes for quite a familiar route here that exposes this factor. As well, the other big issue with the film is that it's barely hour-long running length doesn't really leave it with a whole lot of time to get this going and it really just rushes by so quickly that it just enhances the overall cheapness of the film as a whole. Otherwise there's not a whole lot really wrong here.

Today's Rating/PG: Violence.

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