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The Leopard Man
Directed by Jacques Tourneur • 1943 • United States
Starring Dennis O’Keefe, Margo, Jean Brooks
The inky shadows and frightening sense of uncertainty that distinguish Val Lewton’s landmark horror films are used to virtuoso effect in this eerie psychological thriller, the last of the legendary producer’s collaborations with director Jacques Tourneur. When a seemingly tame performing leopard escapes from a nightclub, a wave of grisly killings soon follows. But is the carnage the work of the cat or is something even more sinister afoot?