The Catman of Paris (1946)

64-65 mins | Mystery, Horror | 20 April 1946

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writer:

Sherman L. Lowe

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Harry Keller

Production Designer:

Gano Chittenden

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to an 11 Oct 1945 HR news item, Republic produced this picture in conjunction with another horror film, Valley of the Zombies (see below), with the intent that they be "released, exhibited and exploited together." The strategy marked Republic's first attempt at a "double horror production." ...

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According to an 11 Oct 1945 HR news item, Republic produced this picture in conjunction with another horror film, Valley of the Zombies (see below), with the intent that they be "released, exhibited and exploited together." The strategy marked Republic's first attempt at a "double horror production."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Feb 1946
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Daily Variety
15 Feb 1946
p. 3
Film Daily
19 Feb 1946
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 1945
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 1945
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 1945
p. 21
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 1945
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
15 Feb 1946
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 1946
p. 8
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Feb 1946
p. 2858
New York Times
13 Jul 1946
p. 12
Variety
20 Feb 1946
p. 8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
Thomas A. Carman
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
John Stransky Jr.
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Matte paintings
Gordon Schaefer
Transparency projection shots
DANCE
Dance dir
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
20 April 1946
Production Date:
20 Sep--10 Oct 1945
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Republic Pictures Corp.
29 May 1946
LP312
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64-65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11258
SYNOPSIS

Having just returned from a trip to the Orient, French author Charles Regnier dines with his friend, Henry Borchard, at the Café du Bois in Paris. Though he has been hailed as a national hero following the publication of his latest book, Fraudulent Justice , Charles knows that the controversial book has made him an enemy of the government. During the meal, Charles begins to feel unwell, and leaves to take a walk through the city streets. Outside, Charles is startled and tormented by mysterious mental images of a cat and lightning strikes. That night, Devereaux, a librarian carrying documents incriminating Charles in a conspiracy against the government, is found clawed to death. Police begin an investigation and immediately suspect Charles, whose book concerned the famous trial of a "catman" murderer. Without Devereaux' documents, there is no evidence to link Charles to the murder, and the police decide to wait until they can prove conclusively that he is the killer before arresting him. Troubled by his frequent memory lapses, even Charles begins to wonder if he is the killer. Although he is engaged to Marguerite Duval, Charles enters into an affair with Marie Audet, the daughter of his publisher. Marguerite soon discovers the affair, and when she asks Henry to explain Charles' unusual behavior, Henry tells her that Charles must be suffering from a tropical fever. Late one night, Marguerite is approached by a man who screeches like a cat and kills her. The following day, while dining at a café with Marie, Charles is given a beating by a group of diners, who angrily accuse him of being the mysterious "catman" killer. ...

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Having just returned from a trip to the Orient, French author Charles Regnier dines with his friend, Henry Borchard, at the Café du Bois in Paris. Though he has been hailed as a national hero following the publication of his latest book, Fraudulent Justice , Charles knows that the controversial book has made him an enemy of the government. During the meal, Charles begins to feel unwell, and leaves to take a walk through the city streets. Outside, Charles is startled and tormented by mysterious mental images of a cat and lightning strikes. That night, Devereaux, a librarian carrying documents incriminating Charles in a conspiracy against the government, is found clawed to death. Police begin an investigation and immediately suspect Charles, whose book concerned the famous trial of a "catman" murderer. Without Devereaux' documents, there is no evidence to link Charles to the murder, and the police decide to wait until they can prove conclusively that he is the killer before arresting him. Troubled by his frequent memory lapses, even Charles begins to wonder if he is the killer. Although he is engaged to Marguerite Duval, Charles enters into an affair with Marie Audet, the daughter of his publisher. Marguerite soon discovers the affair, and when she asks Henry to explain Charles' unusual behavior, Henry tells her that Charles must be suffering from a tropical fever. Late one night, Marguerite is approached by a man who screeches like a cat and kills her. The following day, while dining at a café with Marie, Charles is given a beating by a group of diners, who angrily accuse him of being the mysterious "catman" killer. Convinced that he is the killer, Charles prepares to turn himself in to the police and confess, but Marie, who believes that he is innocent, persuades him to remain silent. Henry, Charles and Marie then flee Paris by carriage and take refuge in a chateau, where Henry tells Marie that irrefutable evidence has been found linking Charles to both murders. Henry warns Marie that she is in danger of being the catman's next victim, and gives her his gun to protect herself. Late that night, Marie sees a man who resembles a cat at her window, and just as he is about to attack her, the police arrive and shoot him. Upon close inspection of the catman, the police discover that he is Henry. With his dying breath, Henry confesses to the murders and tells the police that his death will mark the end of his ninth and final incarnation on earth as the catman.

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