Our Movie of the Week: Cat People (1942)

We must confess to you, dearly readers, we did not kno what Cat People was about until we watched it—we expected a film bout lovey humans and their charming feline families. In other words, a sweet happy comedy. Well, it’s not! It about a human lady under an ages-old curse that might turn her into a panther in times of stress. In this case, stress includes love stuff.

It not always easy to recognize cat DNA in French star Simone Simon, but you kno she is cat when she says, “I like the dark—it’s friendly.” And she do really good melancholy. When her character will not mate with her new husband, you kno there will be trouble. But he reacts to her (at least for a while) like a devoted cat parent: “I have to watch her when she’s in the room—I have to touch her when she’s near.” We so sorry to say this does not end happily. (Eah!)

This movie reinforces negative ideas about black cats, and this is teddible. But it features xlnt performances by the pet store kitten, John Paul the office cat, and of course, the panther! We rate it three crying cat emojis.

One of these weeks, we will review something in color n later than the 1940s. But not next week!

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