The Leopard Man (Tourneur, 1943)

The Leopard Man (Jacques Tourneur, 1943)

Back when I watched the other 1940s Tourneur/Lewton collaborations, for whatever reason I skipped over this one. I finally got around to it and was glad I did. Again, the atmosphere and tension created by Tourneur’s technical prowess is top notch. There is little original about the plot, but the presentation of each murder and the capture of the bad guy are skillfully executed. As far as an important underlying theme, there isn’t much more than surface-level psychoanalysis here, which is disappointing. But I’d rather a film stay within its limitations than try to push its ambitions and totally whiff.  7.75/10


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