The Curse of the Cat People

Synopsis: This mostly unrelated sequel to Cat People (1942) has Amy, the young daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed. Amy is a very imaginative child who has trouble differentiating fantasy from reality, and has no friends her own age as a result. She makes an imaginary friend though, her father's dead first wife Irena. At about the same time, she befriends Julia Farren, an aging reclusive actress who is alienated from her own daughter Barbara.
Genre: Drama
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
70 min

Come here, children.

Come closer. Take a good look.

It may seem just a little valley

with a little stream running through it.

But no, there are songs and stories...

...and lovely legends

about this one blessed spot.

It's Sleepy Hollow.

Just because you happen

to be the kindergarten class... the very favored village

of Tarrytown... may run

and play in Sleepy Hollow...

...for exactly 15 minutes.

Look, a kitty.

So this will be the shoe.

You mustn't let Evelynn

catch you with it, or you'll be it.

- Ready?

- Yes.

- Yeah.

- Go.

Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe

Get it done by half past 2

- Dorothy.

- No, I haven't got it.

Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe

Get it done by half past 2


She's dreaming again. Amy, you're it.

- She's kicking me.

- Ready, Amy?

We never have any fun with Amy.

- She spoils everything.

- I'm sure she doesn't mean to.

Amy is a nice girl, only a little different.

Oh, my beautiful.

You are my friend.

Come play with me.


I'll get it for you, Amy.

I'll get it for you.

I'll get it.

Mr. Reed, there isn't anything

to worry about.

- After all, it was only a slap.

- That's exactly what I told Mr. Reed.

He insisted upon remaining home from

business to talk to you, Ms. Callahan.

I know it may seem stupid of me...

...but it's not the slap

I'm worried about. It's the reason.

Something to do with a butterfly.

They were quarreling about it.

No. Amy slapped Donald

because he hurt the butterfly.

- It was her friend.

- Well, that seems a harmless fancy.

Amy has too many fancies

and too few friends, and it worries me.

It doesn't seem normal.

You know these fond fathers

with their only chicks.

I can see that you're worried,

and Amy is a very sensitive...

...and delicately adjusted child.

But part of the blame for that

may lie with you.

Perhaps you're overanxious,

watch her too closely, worry too much.

The child's bound to feel it.

It's late, Mommy. You haven't forgotten

my birthday party.

- No, darling.

- Your birthday, Amy.

And I have something for you

in my locker. A present.

Mommy's having a party for me,

and I invited Robert and Lois...

Amy and I will meet you at the car.

And Evelynn and Betty and Ruth...

Look at these, Ollie.

Aren't they cute?

There must be one of Amy's here.

Oh, here it is.

She doesn't seem

to have inherited...

...any artistic abilities

from either of us.

Well, it shows imagination anyhow.

I wonder

if you don't resent that in her.

I'm sure I don't, Alice.

It's something else.

Something moody. Something sickly.

- She could almost be Irena's child.

- But she's not Irena's child.

There's nothing of Irena in her.

She's my child.

All I have to do is look at Amy's eyes.

Deep and blue...

- ... like yours.

- I'm not a jealous woman, Oliver.

- I know that.

- That's why I can tell you...

...that you think too much about Irena.

Blame yourself too much for her death.

No, it's not that. It's because...

...I know what can happen when people

begin to lie to themselves, imagine things.

I love Amy too much to let her lose

herself in a dream world where...

...butterflies become pals.

I saw what happened to Irena

with her cat people.

I know, dear. I understand.

But try not to worry

so much about her.

Be a little easier in your thinking.

Especially today, let's forget about it.

Better hurry. I left Amy in the car,

and she's getting impatient.

She says there's something

important about a 6th birthday.

We'll see that she gets there

in good time.

I'm so happy

to have met you, Ms. Callahan.

You're just as nice as Amy

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DeWitt Bodeen

DeWitt Bodeen (July 25, 1908, Fresno, California — March 12, 1988, Los Angeles, California) was a film screenwriter and television writer best known for writing Cat People (1942). more…

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