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The Cat Creature (1973)

Not Rated | | Horror | TV Movie 11 December 1973
When a rich man dies, some items from a collection of his are stolen- an ancient Egyptian gold amulet and the mummy that was wearing it. The police consult scholars from the local ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Robert Bloch (teleplay), Douglas S. Cramer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Meredith Baxter ... Rena Carter
David Hedison ... Prof. Roger Edmonds
Gale Sondergaard ... Hester Black
John Carradine ... The Hotel Clerk
Renne Jarrett ... Sherry Hastings
Keye Luke ... The Thief - Joe Sung
Kent Smith ... Frank Lucas
Stuart Whitman ... Lt. Marco
Milton Parsons ... The Deputy Coroner
Peter Lorre Jr. ... The Pawnbroker
John Abbott ... Dr. Reinhart
Virgil Frye ... Donovan
William Sims William Sims ... Bert
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Storyline

When a rich man dies, some items from a collection of his are stolen- an ancient Egyptian gold amulet and the mummy that was wearing it. The police consult scholars from the local University to help with the investigation, which is taking a more serious turn as people connected with the case are killed by wounds that seem to be from a housecat. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat Creature See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Diahann Carroll was originally planned for Meredith Baxter's part. See more »

Goofs

Scenes with David Hedison and Stuart Whitman driving through Los Angelas were full of street noise and car horns honking. For these scenes the two actors were to do their lines over again, but this never happened because of time and cost. This is why you hear a lot of street noise drowning out some of their lines. See more »

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The Deputy Coroner: One thing more Lieutenant! The bodies of the two victims were almost completely drained of blood!
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Harrington goes old school for horror thrills
24 April 2013 | by udar55See all my reviews

An old attorney is in charge of cataloging a wealthy estate and is later found murdered near a mummy sarcophagus. On the case is Lt. Marco (Stuart Whitman), who quickly finds out that an amulet of Baast, the Egyptian cat goddess, was stolen. He enlists the help of Prof. Roger Edmonds (David Hedison) and they soon find themselves centering on an occult shop run by Hester Black (Gale Sondergaard) and her new assistant Rena Carter (Meredith Baxter). She admits a thief (Keye Luke) came by to try and sell the amulet, but she turned him away as she is out of the fencing game. Meanwhile, folks all over L.A. are being murdered with cat-like scratches found on their bodies. This ABC Movie of the Week was a return to TV for director Curtis Harrington (after his theatrical features WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN?, WHOEVER SLEW AUNITE ROO? and THE KILLING KIND). He definitely was looking to get into the Val Lewton mold a la THE CAT PEOPLE and it is pretty successful. The script by Robert Bloch moves quickly and there are some great performances in here. The best is Sondergaard as Hester Black, which might be one of the greatest names ever. Another interesting thing is Harrington, who was gay, fills the film with subtle gay moments (like Hester always asking her younger co-workers out for dinner and getting rejected).


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