The Curse of the Cat People, Happy Anniversary! March 2

 

The Curse of the Cat People

An RKO Tradeshow was seen in every major market in United States on February 16, 1944, at 10:30 am, with the exceptions of: Cincinnati was shown at 8:15 pm, New York saw the flick at 11:00 am and St. Louis had an 11:30 am viewing on February 17.[1] Although officially ready for, Thursday, March 2, 1944 showings, the film did not darken the silver-screen until that weekend. The Curse of the Cat People opened at the Rialto, in New York on Friday, March 3.[2] The sequel to Cat People was to begin at the Rialto on Friday, February 25, 1944, as an exclusive premiere, but because Calling Dr. Death was doing so well, management decided to hold that feature over an additional week.[3] New York Post film critic, Archer Winston, gave Curse a Fair to Good rating.[4] Bosley Crowther wrote an almost positive critique, with his biggest complaint being that the film had some of the “claptrap from that ‘Cat People’ film.”[5]

The Curse of the Cat People was a sequel to Cat People, which was released in 1942. Curse was directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise (his first credited work as director, he shot some additional scenes for The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942), written by DeWitt Bodeen, producer Val Lewton, Nicholas Musuraca was the director of photography, film editing by J.R. Whittredge, set decorations handled by Darrell Silvera and William Stevens, while Albert S. D’Agostino and Walter E. Keller took care of the art direction, Edward Stevenson designed the gowns, Roy Webb composed the score. Simone Simon reprised her role as Irena (ghost of) with Kent Smith, Jane Randolph as the Reeds and little Ann Carter stealing the film as Amy Reed. Can anybody say “Atmosphere?” That is what this film delivers on, scene after scene. The Curse of the Cat People is available on DVD as a double feature with Cat People.

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Side note:

Because of budget constraints Curse used sets that had been built for the The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942.

 

By C. S. Williams

 

[1] Film Daily, January 28, 1944

[2] Film Daily, February 28, 1944

[3] Motion Picture Daily, February 29, 1944

[4] New York Post (New York, New York) March 4, 1944

[5] New York Times (New York, New York) March 4, 1944

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