Before John F. Kennedy double dog dared us, going to the moon was something we just dreamed about.
In “Cat Women of the Moon”, man (and woman) finally makes it to the moon and finds a dying race of leotard clad beatnik feminists bent on invading Earth and conquering everyone through seduction, mind control and teleportation.
Bonus points for interpretive dance and jazz flute music.
Forget all that one giant leap for mankind nonsense! We have lithe, somewhat half-Vulcan women prancing about and scheming to take over Earth. The only thing in their way is a team of manly men and one pretty awesome woman.
Oh, and two giant spiders that are controlled by fishing line.
Peril abounds on the moon!
All hail our Cat Woman overlords!
Words From Warren
I like to quote from one of my favorite reference books, the late Bill Warren’s “Keep Watching The Skies: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties”. Mr. Warren does not suffer fools gladly, and does not mince his words when it comes to either praising a film or flaying it alive.
“The total childish artlessness of Cat Women on the Moon makes this harmless but silly film very entertaining, but it certainly it is certainly one of the worst pictures ever made.
It is unquestionably more entertaining and less contemptible than Missile to the Moon, which is, astoundingly, a remake of Cat Women of the Moon!
That godawful film drags in vicious gangsters, instead of the dedicated professional rocket crew of Cat Women.
Every time you turn around, Warren is proclaiming a film “one of the worst pictures ever made”, and sometimes he’s right.
With “Cat Women of the Moon”, I’d say he’s about 50% right, in that the plot and the majority of the supporting cast are pretty awful, but I think that the major cast – Windsor, Tufts, Jory – are doing the best that they can with the material thrown on their desk.
The trouble with most of these films, is that they suffer by comparison to the large budget offerings of the time.
Well hell yes, if you gave some of these small time directors and studios a half a million dollars, they could probably improve the writing, the sets, the costumes and the special effects, but, if you only have $10 grand on hand, then you get something like “The Hideous Sun Demon”.
The interplay between the three is fun to watch, and I’ll never get tired of Victor Jory doing anything, especially when he starts throwing corny seduction and come on lines to Windsor like they were going to be outlawed tomorrow.
If we’re taking a vote, I say you should watch this, because it’s just fun.
Saturday matinee, popcorn in hand, lights down low fun.
Marie Windsor on Wikipedia; Obituary, New York Times; Biography, Piute County Website
Marie Windsor article, Western Clippings (focuses on her career in Westerns)
Marie Windsor article on Film Noir Blonde (focuses on her noir work)
Interview with Marie Windsor (YouTube)
Classic Film Stars Interview with Marie WIndsor (Google Books)
The Cat Women of the Moon (Wikipedia); (trailer, YouTube); (full movie, Archive.org)
I am very grateful to be able to use the music and sound effects of so many wonderful creators.
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