Cat Girl (1957)

75m 39s (UK)
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Alfred Shaughnessy.

Plot Summary

Lenore is a repressed young woman spurned by her philandering husband. But she has a grim secret and, while her husband and his lover are up to no good in the garden, a spectral cheetah savages them to death – but what is it's connection with Lenore?


Directed by: Alfred Shaughnessy
Copyright MCMLVII [1957] Insignia Films Ltd.
Nat Cohen and Stuary Levy present an Insignia Film production
Executive Producer: Peter Rogers
Produced by: Herbert Smith
Production Manager: John W. Green
Original Screenplay by: Lou Rusoff
Assistant Director: William Hill
Continuity: Olga Brookes
Director of Photography: Peter Hennessy
Camera Operator: Paddy A'Hearne
Editor: Jocelyn Jackson
Sound Recordist: Len Page
RCA Sound Recording
Wardrobe: Vi Murray
Make-up: Philip Leakey
Hairdressing: Nina Broe
Production Designer: Jack Stevens
Art Director: Eric Saw
Animal Trainer: Frank Farrar *
Made at Beaconsfield Studios, England

Barbara Shelley (Leonora Brandt)
Robert Ayres (Dr Brian Marlowe)
Kay Callard (Dorothy Marlowe)
Ernest Milton (Edmund)
Lily Kann (Anna, Brandt's housekeeper)
Jack May (Richard Johnson)
Patricia Webster (Cathy)
John Lee (Allan)
Edward Harvey
Martin Boddey (Cafferty)
John Watson (Roberts)
Frank Atkinson [guard – uncredited]
John Baker [male nurse – uncredited]
Selma Vaz Dias [nurse – uncredited]
Geoffrey Tyrrell [caretaker – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

The Cat Woman

See also
Cat People (1943)



  • Undying Monsters no.3 (Winter 2011-2012) pp.7-13 – illustrated article (The Cat Girl – author not credited)


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.86-87
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson p.14 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed) p.107 – illustrated credits, review
  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.291 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.11, 48, 59-61, 60, 64, 237
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.109; 304
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.66 – credits, review
  • It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig pp.180-183
  • by Walt Lee p.59 – credits
  • Rock ‘n' Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.215-216
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.75
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.48
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.356-357