1943. 66 minutes.
"You don't get the idea, mister. These cops banging those pans, flashing those lights, they're gonna scare that poor cat of mine. Cats are funny, mister. They don't want to hurt you, but if you scare them they go crazy. These cops, they don't know what they're doing."
"Mamacita, let me in! Let me in! Let me in! If you love me, let me in!"When someone is attacked and murdered on one side of a door, we and another person on this side of it HEAR the violent scuffle but only SEE the victim's blood oozing under the door.
In a darkened cemetery dimly lit by a hazy moon, another victim is stalked by something unseen up in the trees. The camera focuses on the tree limbs as they creak downward and then spring up, with the attacker just out of visual range. All we hear is a muffled scream.
THE LEOPARD MAN has many moments like that. The source material was BLACK ALIBI, a 1942 novel by Cornell Woolrich.
Category: Detective fiction