Cat Women of the Moon (1953)

“Four of us will be enough. We will get their women under our power, and soon we will rule the whole world!”

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Synopsis:
Five astronauts (Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, William Phipps, and Douglas Fowley) on a trip to the moon discover a colony of man-hating “cat women” with psychic powers.

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Review:
Cat Women of the Moon is often cited as one of the definitive “bad movies” of the 1950s — and for good reason. First, its classification as “sci-fi” is highly suspect, since, as noted in the AlanSmithee.com review [nb as of 12/08: now sadly defunct] , “Science has about as much to do with [the film] as leopards have to do with double-entry accounting.” The dialogue is either laughable (“We have no use for men!”) or offensive (“You’re too smart for me, baby — I like ’em stupid!”), and the acting — even by B-favorite Marie Windsor — is over-the-top. Plus, in true “bad movie” fashion, the title is misleading: the only association these female aliens have with cats is their skin-tight black suits. As in the later camp classic Queen of Outer Space (1958), Cat Women is ripe for feminist analysis, with male-hating female aliens eventually either shown the folly of their ways (one falls in love) or destroyed.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Hopelessly campy performances by everyone involved
    Camp

Must See?
Yes, for its status as a campy cult classic.

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One Response to “Cat Women of the Moon (1953)”

  1. A must – just too much fun to miss!

    A little over an hour long and, if you’re a connoisseur of wonderfully bad film (as I am), you may have to be a bit patient during the first half. The exposition is goofy enough, certainly, so it’s not like you’ll be sitting anxious in anticipation; there’s some fun early on. But it’s the latter part of this goofy ‘starship enterprise’ that satisfies most.

    Camp classics of the distant past most often come to us with a cast of unknowns. I wonder what this film would have been like had the producers not had good fortune when they roped in decent names for the leads (Windsor, Jory, Tufts – each providing total conviction). That said, everybody’s on the same off-the-wall page here (including composer Elmer Bernstein – !!! – whose score lends an extra element of class).

    Delightfully dumb!

    (Available at the public domain site: http://www.archive.org.)

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