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The Leopard Man

Both script [from the novel Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich] and direction noticeably strain to achieve effects of Cat People but fall far short of latter standard and follow too many confusing paths. After brief introduction, it's a series of chases and murders, with a tame leopard blamed for the latter until strange happenings are pinned on one of the players. It's all confusion, in fact too much for an audience to follow.

With:
Dennis O'Keefe Margo Jean Brooks Isabel Jewell James Bell Margaret Landry

Both script [from the novel Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich] and direction noticeably strain to achieve effects of Cat People but fall far short of latter standard and follow too many confusing paths. After brief introduction, it’s a series of chases and murders, with a tame leopard blamed for the latter until strange happenings are pinned on one of the players. It’s all confusion, in fact too much for an audience to follow.

Dennis O’Keefe is press agent for a New Mexican nitery and rents a tame black leopard for a publicity stunt which backfires when the cat escapes and a girl is presumably killed by the fugitive. Yarn then spins through regulation eerie channels with two other strange murders enacted – one being in the timeworn setting of a cemetery and windstorm combined. O’Keefe and Margo stick around long enough to trip the real culprit by time for the fadeout to come along.

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The Leopard Man

Production: RKO. Director Jacques Tourneur; Producer Val Lewton; Screenplay Ardel Wray, Edward Dein; Camera Robert de Grasse; Editor Mark Robson; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostini, Walter E. Keller

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 65 MIN.

With: Dennis O'Keefe Margo Jean Brooks Isabel Jewell James Bell Margaret Landry

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