The Leopard Man

Synopsis: The Leopard Man is a 1943 horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur based on the book Black Alibi by Cornell Woolrich. It is one of the first American films to attempt an even remotely realistic portrayal of a serial killer (although that term was yet to be used).
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Production: RKO Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
66 min


I hear it in night club.

Eloise can see what is opening the door. She lets loose with

a shriek of mortal terror.

MED. CLOSE SHOT of Kiki. She whirls quickly and rises, her

mouth open in a soundless ejaculation of fright.

REVERSE SHOT - the door. Through the doorway comes the black,

spade-shaped head of a panther, ears wickedly flat, muzzle to

the floor. He starts into the room with a terrifying zigzag

undulation. Eloise yips feebly. Kiki screams.

As the panther advances into the room, one can see that it is

held on a taut leash. Holding the leash is Jerry Manning,

with a wide, pleasant smile of reassurance on his lips.

CLOSE SHOT Kiki on top of the dressing table. She stands

there holding her dressing gown back across her knees in

terror. The little jewel box has fallen to the floor, and the

insipid tinkling tune fills the room as it rolls across the

floor toward the panther.

MED. SHOT - Kiki, Eloise, Jerry and the panther. Kiki stands

on top of the dressing table; Eloise has retreated behind a

chair, and Jerry stands between them, grinning, holding the

leash of the panther, which is nosing forward to examine the

music box


(hitting high C)

Get it out of here!


Kiki -- he won't hurt you. There's

nothing to be afraid of.


Makes no difference. Get him out!


Listen, Kicks, you'll never guess

what I've cooked up this tine...


That's easy. Me.


I thought -- is Kiki just going to

walk on that floor tonight ��walk

out cold before a bunch of gawks

who think a Spanish twirler is the

greatest thing in life. No. Not my

favorite client. She's going to

make an entrance this town will

never forget!

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Ardel Wray

Ardel Wray (October 28, 1907 – October 14, 1983) was an American screenwriter and story editor, best known for her work on Val Lewton’s classic horror films in the 1940s. Her screenplay credits from that era include I Walked with a Zombie, The Leopard Man and Isle of the Dead. In a late second career in television, she worked as a story editor and writer at Warner Bros. on 77 Sunset Strip, The Roaring 20s, and The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. Wray died at the age of 75 in Los Angeles. more…

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