The Leopard Man ( 1943 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER – Posted October 9th, 2015

LEOPARD MAN POSTER

I saw this film in early September and I have to say that it is one of the most unusual, offbeat, unconventional, unique, unusual horror films I have ever, ever seen in my life; especially considering it was made in 1940’s Hollywood when and where films tended to be more “conventional”.  Also, at least to me, it has Noir elements.

LEOPARD MAN ( VII )
Jean Brooks

It has an atmospheric, eerie quality that I’d say that could be categorized within the realms of the Latin American Magical Realism present in the imagery of the novels of such masters a Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende. The films full of symbolism and it is surrounded by a halo of mystery and the otherworldly.

LEOPARD MAN ( VI )  LEOPARD MAN ( VIII )
Dennis O’Keefe and Jean Brooks                                    Margo as Clo-Clo

LEOPARD MAN ( IV ) LEOPARD MAN ( III )       Margaret Landry as Teresa Delgado             Tuulikki Paananen as Consuelo

Nothing about this film or its appeal can be easily explained; it has to be lived. It is an unusual mixture of allegory, drama, horror, thriller and the supernatural all rolled up in one and when you get to the end of this wonderful film, when nothing is easily solved – or explained – you are truly left in awe and with many unanswered questions.

LEOPARD MAN ( I )
Margo and Isabel Jewell

Additionally, in my opinion, the movie is very European (no wonder, Jacques Tourneur being the director) in its approach to its subject. In spite of the fact that it is an ensemble piece in which all the actors contribute to the result of the final product in an even way, I must highlight Margo’s performance, who is especially bewitching in an electric performance as the alluring dancer.

[  “CAT PEOPLE”  ]  [  “GHOST SHIP”  ]

[  “ISLE OF THE DEAD”  ] [ “CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE”  ]

(  H O M E  )

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