The Curse of the Cat People
The Curse of the Cat People is a 1944 movie directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise. It is the sequel to Cat People (1942) and has many of the same characters; however the movie has a completely different story, and perhaps most importantly, no cat people.
After the death of his wife Irena (Simone Simon), Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) has married former co-worker Alice Moore (Jane Randolph) and they now have a six-year-old introverted daughter Amy (Ann Carter). Amy has trouble at school because she spends too much time daydreaming, and Oliver tries to encourage her to make friends. After Amy finds a photo of deceased cat-woman Irena, whose name is never mentioned in the house. Irena’s ghost appears to her and the two strike up a friendship. At the same time, Amy befriends Julia Farren, an aging actress who is alienated from her own daughter Barbara (Elizabeth Russell, who also appeared as a sinister cat woman in the previous movie - perhaps the same character).
The spanking scene
Oliver takes Amy to their house's doorstep and tells her to look all around the garden very carefully and then let him know if her "friend" (the ghost of Irena) was there. Amy sees Irena stand under a tree and tells him she's there. Oliver, who can't see the ghost, tells her there's nothing there but Amy insists that she's saying the truth. Oliver tells her that if she keeps insisting that this woman she calls her friend is in the garden, he has to punish her. "You understand?" — "Yes." — "Alright. Now - tell me what you see." — "I see Irena."
Without further words he takes her back inside the house and leads her upstairs. There is no violence on his part and no resistance on her part. Her mother Alice watches them worried. "Amy's never been punished before. Not that way." — "It's best not to interfere." — "I suppose so. I'm sorry I made such a fool of myself." — "After all, for a spanking - it's an important occasion." — "I'll be alright in a minute."
- The Curse of the Cat People on Wikipedia
- Spanking in mainstream films
- The History of spanking in film
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