The Catman of Paris

The Catman of Paris is a 1946 American mystery horror film directed by Lesley Selander and written by Sherman L. Lowe. The film stars Carl Esmond, Lenore Aubert, Adele Mara, Douglass Dumbrille, Gerald Mohr and Fritz Feld.

The Catman of Paris
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLesley Selander
Produced byMarek M. Libkow
Screenplay bySherman L. Lowe
StarringCarl Esmond
Lenore Aubert
Adele Mara
Douglass Dumbrille
Gerald Mohr
Fritz Feld
Music byR. Dale Butts
CinematographyReggie Lanning
Edited byHarry Keller
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • April 20, 1946 (1946-04-20)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States


The writer Charles Regnier has authored a new book about a human-killing "cat man" who might or might not be a myth. Charles confides in friend Henry Borchard over dinner in Paris that he has made enemies among citizens and even in the government as a result of his controversial work.

A librarian, Devereaux, is found murdered, clawed to death. Devereaux had been in possession of documents that supposedly could destroy Charles's reputation. When his former sweetheart Marguerite Duval is killed in a similar manner, Charles is beaten by townspeople and suspected by police.

Marie Audet, who loves Charles and believes in him, is given a gun by Henry to protect herself. But when she saves herself at night by shooting an intruder, it turns out to be Henry, who with his dying words confesses to the crimes.



The Catman of Paris was produced in conjunction with Valley of the Zombies, with the intention of releasing both films under a double-billing. This marked Republic's first attempt at what they called "double horror production".[1]


Hal Erickson from New York Times gave the film a negative review, calling the film "stylish but pedestrian".[2] Allmovie also gave the film a negative review, complimenting the film's action sequences but criticized the film's sluggish plot, lack of atmosphere and suspense; writing "This anemic period potboiler from Poverty Row studio Republic Pictures cribs most of its sluggish plot from the far superior Werewolf of London, but has none of that film's drive, atmosphere, or suspense".[3] Brett Gallman from Oh, the Horror! gave the film a more positive review, writing, "The Catman of Paris is derivative but fine, possessing a really intriguing central concept that’s done little justice on a Poverty Row budget".[4] Leonard Maltin awarded the film one and a half out of a possible four stars, calling it "talky [and] routine".[5] TV Guide rated the film two out of four stars, commending the film's direction, make-up effects, and performances.[6]


  1. "Catalog - The Catman of Paris". American Film Institute. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. Erickson, Hal. "The-Catman-of-Paris - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". New York Hal Erickson. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  3. "The Catman of Paris (1946) - Lesley Selander". Allmovie. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. Gallman, Brett. "Horror Reviews - Catman of Paris, The (1946)". Oh the Brett Gallman. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  5. Leonard Maltin (2015). Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965. Penguin Publishing Group. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-14-751682-4.
  6. "The Catman Of Paris - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide Staff. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
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