I would love to read more about the anti-colonial ideas in Lewton's films. The Leopard Man is a pretty great case study for it. Some white people try to make a show of things and because of their mistakes, multiple completely innocent Mexican people die. Also another loses his livelihood and the white guy who is entirely responsible for it just straight up refuses to reimburse him for it! What a dick!
The killer's motive in this film is more chilling than any other one I've heard in any horror/thriller.