Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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3 responses to “Cat Girl (1957) – A Retrospective Review”

  1. Dennis Fischer

    CAT GIRL represented the acting debut of Australian actor John Lee, who later appeared in the crime dramas SEVEN KEYS (1961) and DR. CRIPPEN (1962). Lee may be best remembered as Alydon on DR. WHO, and had the recurring role of Dr. Cordell on the British genre series DOOMWATCH. He also was in the obscure SPACEFLIGHT 1C-1.

    The scriptwriter, Lou Rusoff, worked extensively for AIP, writing PHANTOM OF 10,000 LEAGUES, THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED, GIRLS IN PRISON, THE SHE-CREATURE, RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS, DRAGSTRIP GIRL, THE GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW, the American dub of ALAKAZAM THE GREAT, and BEACH PARTY. While he is credited with IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, the shooting script was actually scripted by Charles B. Griffith. Rusoff’s work frequently focused on women in peril.

    CAT GIRL was produced by the obscure Insignia production company and had AIP for a distributor in the U.S. and Anglo-Amalgamated in the U.K.

    Excellent job, Steve, I think you really covered this obscurity’s strengths and weaknesses well.

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