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Genres: Drama , Horror , Mystery
Actors: Dennis O’Keefe , Margo , Jean Brooks , Isabel Jewell , James Bell , Margaret Landry , Abner Biberman , Tuulikki Paananen , Ben Bard
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Country: United States
Year: 1943
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 (2195 votes)

At the encouragement of her manager, a nightclub performer in New Mexico (Kiki Walker) takes a leashed leopard into the club as a publicity gimmick. But her rival, angered by the attempt to upstage, scares the animal and it bolts. In the days that follow, people are mauled and the countryside is combed for the loose creature. But Kiki and her manager begin to wonder if maybe the leopard is not responsible for the killings.

Film Review

Half the fun of watching "The Leopard Man" is trying to figure out the plot structure. If you haven't seen it yet, don't read the rest of this review. It's a good creepy little film, and that's all you need to know.For those who have seen the film, here are my thoughts on it: A symphony traditionally contains four movements. This is the structure of "The Leopard Man". After an attention-grabbing introduction, in which the main theme (clattering castanets) is introduced, along with the main characters (Jerry, Kiki, Clo-Clo, and the escaped leopard), we are treated to four movements.1st movement: Probably the best of the four parts, we begin with Clo-Clo playing her castanets while walking down the street. She picks a card to receive her fortune, and it's the card of death. This sets an ominous tone when we are suddenly introduced to a completely new set of characters–a poor Mexican family. The daughter is sent to buy some cornmeal, and we have a…

This is a 1943 movie. The main storyline revolves around a madman killing young girls while casting the blame on a fugitive leopard…original? Hardly… CHARLIE CHAN AT THE CIRCUS (1936) showed the same device (but it was a gorilla there). The psychopath finally confessing that he's a victim of his urges he cannot control…original? Hardly… 1931's M (Fritz Lang) showed the very same device, so I'm sorry dear mr. Tourneur but you didn't fool ME there. In a city full of Mexicans a tough guy impresario plans a coup de theatre that backfires and a leopard is let loose…people start to die. First is young Teresa…her gargoyle 150kg three-inches-thick-eyebrows mother won't understand her fear of darkness and send her on errands at night to buy…wheat for…tortillas (!!!) so that she's killed on the doorstep of her cabin. Second is a well-off girl who goes on a secret date in the cemetery, overstays and meets her doom. Third a dancer… In spite of its lack of…

Jerry Manning,( Dennis O'Keefe) plays the role as a publicity agent who is trying to help Kike Walker, (Jean Brooks) start her career in a night club. However, Clo-Clo (Margo) is a dancer who performs with castanet's which make a loud noise and attracts all the customers and out shines Kike Walker's act. Jerry Manning decides to get a pet leopard to draw the attention away from Clo-Clo, but the leopard becomes frighten and escapes and then many murders seem to happen which is blamed on the leopard. Kike Walker and Jerry Manning are upset about a young girl who was killed by the leopard and give money for her funeral and decided they had better leave and forget about performing any longer in this area. However, certain events seemed to have changed and they both decide to try and solve the mystery on their own.

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