The Leopard Man


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 sequence of Leopard Man, atmospherically detailing the last few moments of murder victim Teresa Delgado (Margaret Landry), is so powerful that the rest of the film seems anticlimactic. Long available only in its 59-minute reissue form, the film was restored to its original 65-minute running time in the mid-1980s.


Dennis O'Keefe
as Jerry Manning
as Clo-Clo
Jean Brooks
as Kiki Walker
James Bell
as Dr. Galbraith
Margaret Landry
as Teresa Delgado
Abner Biberman
as Charlie How-Come
Richard Martin
as Raoul Belmonte
Tula Parma
as Consuelo Contreras
Ben Bard
as Chief Robles
Kate Lawson
as Senora Delgado
Russell Wade
as Man in Car
Jacques Lory
as Philippe
Ottola Nesmith
as Senora Contreras
John Dilson
as Coroner
Tom Orosco
as Window Cleaner
Elias Gamboa
as Senor Delgado
Betty Roadman
as Clo-Clo's Mother
Rosarita Varella
as Clo-Clo's Sister
John Piffle
as Flower Vendor
Rene Pedrini
as Frightened Waiter
Brandon Hurst
as Gatekeeper
Rose Higgins
as Indian Weaver
George Sherwood
as Police Lieutenant
John Tettener
as Minister
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Critic Reviews for The Leopard Man

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Audience Reviews for The Leopard Man

  • Sep 05, 2010
    The movie starts out good, but it disappoints in the end.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2009
    Not quite as good as Cat People. Interesting, but boring for the most part, I felt.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2008
    A lesser known, but still pretty good, film from the Val Lewton crew. A leopard escapes in a small town and people start dying, but is the leopard the killer or is the truth more sinister? Some nice eerie effects, like all of Lewton's films, implied rather than shown. But the climax was a bit of a let-down for me. Luckily it's just a little more than a hour long, so I don't feel like I wasted too much time.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2007
    Sweet little suspense film about a killer panther...or a man who kills like a panther...or is a panther...they never really say
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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