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The Catman of Paris
BEWARE! A MONSTER IS LOOSE!
When author Charles Regnier (Carl Esmond) returns to Paris with a best-selling book that criticizes the government, he's tormented by frequent blackouts. After a mysterious cat-like creature slaughters people close to him, Charles is suspected of murder. Charles fears that he is the beast, but his paramour, Marie (Lenore Aubert), and best friend, Henry (Douglass Dumbrille), believe he's innocent ... until the creature begins to stalk Marie (from Netflix description).
The resolution does not disappoint.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Budget take-off of Val Lewton's Cat People (which itself is a budget affair) offers typical Republic action mixed with a spooky mood and a solid cast that sells the whole crazy story well enough. The mystery of who is the Catman would probably only befuddle an 8 year old, but getting there is fun as you're just not sure what card the movie is going to play with respect to there being an actual supernatural element or just a guy running around with an early set of Freddy Krueger claws. There is a pretty exciting horse-carriage chase and a bar-room brawl to match the Republic Pictures seal of excellence; the two are very much needed to enliven the second half…
Ultra-minor suspense film from the Republic Pictures B-movie machine. A wealthy French dandy strongly suspects that he blacks out at night and somehow becomes a killer cat man. It's Cat People meets She-Wolf of London, but not as good as either. Star Carl Esmond, an Austrian actor who puts on a French accent here, has all the charisma of a stale croissant and the film is shy with the cat man action. It's mostly about Esmond's paranoia and his efforts to avoid the law. Also, I don't want to brag, but I figured out the "surprise" resolution about a half-hour into this. My mother always told me that I was special.
Famous author in fin de siècle Paris suffers from mysterious blackouts. Then people who can do him harm are found ripped by powerful claws. Is our hero the legendary catman? Starts out promisingly but the ending is a real groaner.
This is a variation of "The She-Wolf of London" but instead of a werewolf the character is made to believe he's become a "catman". Got it's moments but rather average as a whole.
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