The Leopard Man
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Adapted from the Cornell Woolrich novel Black Alibi, The Leopard Man is a lesser but still fascinating psychological-horror effort from producer Val Lewton. Someone has been killing off the citizens of a small New Mexico town, and the most likely suspect is a huge leopard, purchased for a local nightclub act by press agent Jerry Manning (Dennis O'Keefe), which has escaped from its cage. Neither Manning nor his star Clo-Clo (Margo) are totally convinced that the big cat is responsible.The haunting finale takes place during the annual "Day of the Dead" festivities. The opening… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's all confusion, in fact too much for an audience to follow."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"epending for much of its effect on a subtle and poetic nudging of the spectator's imagination, the film has a couple of sequences that are truly terrifying."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Comes with one of the cinema's most shocking murder scenes, with barely anything actually shown."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A wonderful little film in love with being in the shadows."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not a starry cast, but good acting and some real jump-out-of-the-seat moments."
‑ , Film4
"A film for lovers of pools of darkness."
‑ , Time Out
"The camera's tender scratch, a most graceful vision of a most predatory world"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"While not as challenging or thematically dense as the other Lewton/Tourneur masterworks, there are individual sequences in The Leopard Man that refuse to fade from memory."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's a certain multi-cultural conflict that distinguishes the Lewton-Tourneurs."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Moodiness galore in this creepy tale"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Half-baked efforts such as this one provoke little more than a yawn."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The film has atmosphere to spare... [but] uses it like a crutch for a story that doesn't work on its own."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Tourneur ... manages to produce RKO's usual heady layer of ominous atmosphere on a minimal budget, but the script's explanation of the attacks ends up letting him down."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"predicts the skeezy, south of the border noir of Touch of Evil"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"One of the better, but more overlooked, Val Lewton films by Jacques Tourneur"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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