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The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | April 1944 (USA)
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The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.


Gunther von Fritsch (as Gunther V. Fritsch), Robert Wise


DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Simone Simon ... Ghost of Irena
Kent Smith ... Oliver 'Ollie' Reed
Jane Randolph ... Alice Reed
Ann Carter ... Amy Reed
Eve March ... Miss Callahan
Julia Dean ... Mrs. Julia Farren
Elizabeth Russell ... Barbara Farren
Erford Gage Erford Gage ... Police Captain
Sir Lancelot ... Edward


This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed. Amy is a very imaginative child who has trouble differentiating fantasy from reality, and has no friends her own age as a result. She makes an imaginary friend though, her father's dead first wife Irena. At about the same time, she befriends Julia Farren, an aging reclusive actress who is alienated from her own daughter Barbara. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Action with never a let-down---Suspense that mounts with increasing fury (original poster) See more »


Drama | Horror | Mystery


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The tension between Amy and her father Oliver in the film, according to commentary by Gregory Mank, mirrors the real love/hate relationship shared by Val Lewton and his daughter Nina. See more »


The photograph Amy finds in the drawer is seen in close-up to be a portrait of Irena. In long shots, however, it looks more like a wedding picture with one person in white and another in black standing side-by-side. See more »


Alice Reed: Amy's never been punished before. Not that way.
Miss Callahan: It's best for you not to interfere... After all, the first spanking-it's an important occasion.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Follows Cat People (1942) See more »


Il est né, le divin Enfant
Sung by Simone Simon
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Fine Sequel.
21 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Robert Wise directed this sequel to "Cat People", set several years later. Oliver Reed(played by Kent Smith) and Alice(played by Jane Randolph) are now married with a six-year old daughter named Amy(played by Ann Carter). Amy is a lonely child who has a hard time making friends, and seems to prefer living in her fantasy world, visited by the ghost of Irina(played by Simone Simon) Irina looks after Amy, but Oliver wants nothing to do with this, insisting that Amy must be socialized. Amy does befriend an elderly woman in her "haunted" house, though her daughter(played by Elizabeth Russell, though not as her cat lady character from the first) is resentful. Amy will later run away from home, becoming lost, though she is far from being alone... Unique and thoughtful sequel builds on the story from Part I, rather than repeating it, and result is most satisfying. (No third film was made however!)

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Release Date:

April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amy and Her Friend See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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