Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Cat People (1942)

Episode #9

RKO Radio Pictures released Cat People to theaters on December 25, 1942. Jacques Tourneur directed the film which starred Simone Simon, Tom Conway, and Kent Smith.

‘Cat People’ Movie Summary

One day at the Central Park Zoo in NYC, Oliver Reed runs into Irena Dubrovna while she sketches a black panther. The two begin dating, eventually fall in love, and get married, but they never consummate the marriage.

You see, Irena believes she’s a descendent of a group of people in her village that practiced witchcraft, and if she gets aroused in any way, she will transform into a panther, and kill whoever aroused her.



While Oliver patiently waits, he soon tires of her antics, and begins an affair with Alice Moore. This enrages Irena, and she begins stalking Alice. After talking with her psychiatrist, Dr. Judd, Irena’s fears disappear, but her stalking tendencies intensify.

This leads to a final confrontation which involves death, murder, and the realization that Irena never lied to her husband.

The End.

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