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« on: May 30, 2009, 04:41:09 PM »

Jane Randolph, one of the last (and perhaps THE last) major 40's horror stars has died at 93.

She was menaced by Irena the Cat Woman in CAT PEOPLE, was the mother of Amy in CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, and the intrepid insurance investigator in A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN.


Jane Randolph, 'Cat People' star, dies at 93
Adam Bernstein, Washington Post

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jane Randolph, a willowy beauty who was memorably terrorized by shadow and sound in one of the great suspense films of all time, the original "Cat People," died May 4 at a hospital near Gstaad, Switzerland, after breaking her hip. She was 93.

Miss Randolph appeared in more than 20 films and starred in low-budget fare such as "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" (1948).

"Cat People" (1942), a movie revered by film enthusiasts for its high artistry under a strained budget, brought Miss Randolph her greatest public renown. Its acclaimed atmospherics - dimly lighted swimming pools and city streets that act as shadowscapes - were matters of necessity by filmmakers who could not afford better sets.

The movie was enormously popular, reportedly earning more than $4 million and establishing many horror techniques that were startlingly effective at the time but have since become cliches. "Cat People" suffered a remake in 1982 by director Paul Schrader.

Gregory William Mank, an authority on horror films, wrote that Miss Randolph "created one of the one most chic heroines of horror: a sophisticate with a dry, sexy voice, a cigarette habit, a job, and - in the classic swimming pool episode - a terrific scream."

Miss Randolph, whose father designed steel mills, was born Jane Roemer in Youngstown, Ohio, on Oct. 30, 1915, and raised in Kokomo, Ind. She arrived in Hollywood in 1939 and posed for cheesecake pictures in magazines.

Miss Randolph left acting after being wed in 1948 to businessman Jaime del Amo, whose family owned one of the largest Spanish land grants in Southern California. They later settled in Spain and Switzerland. He died in the late 1960s. Survivors include their daughter, Cristina del Amo of Switzerland.


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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 07:33:01 PM »

R.I.P.  Bluesad  That sequence in CAT PEOPLE is one of my favorites.

"...written by Joseph Stefano, the guy who wrote 'Psycho,' only this time instead of being about a guy having trouble accepting the death of his Mama, it's a girl having trouble accepting the death of her Daddy. It happened 14 years ago, when she was seven, and ever since then she's wanted to stab men to death with a screwdriver whenever they try to get too close to her. Of course, I've encountered this 'killer screwdriver syndrome' with several women during my lifetime..."-Joe Bob on BLACKOUT
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 08:30:21 PM »

Another Golden Age star gone.  Bluesad
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009, 06:20:12 AM »


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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2009, 12:00:14 AM »

Just sat thru part of CAT PEOPLE again.  I really like both of those CAT PEOPLE films, and JANE RANDOLPH is a major component.  Good night, JANE, who had a good long life.  We love ya.

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