Cat-Women of the Moon is an independently made 1953 American black-and-white three-dimensional science-fiction film, produced by Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist, directed by Arthur Hilton, that stars Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, and Marie Windsor. The film was released by Astor Pictures.
Notably, the musical score was composed by Academy Award–winner Elmer Bernstein, though his last name is misspelled as “Bernstien” in the opening credits.
Upon the film’s release, Variety magazine wrote: “This imaginatively conceived and produced science-fiction yarn [an original story by producers Zimbalist and Rabin] takes the earth-to-moon premise and embellishes it with a civilization of cat-women on the moon … Cast ably portray their respective roles … Arthur Hilton makes his direction count in catching the spirit of the theme, and art direction is far above average for a film of this calibre. William Whitley’s 3-D photography provides the proper eerie quality”.
The New York Times wrote: “They (the Cat-women) try to get their hands on the visitors’ rocket ship, hoping to come down here and hypnotize us all. Considering the delegation that went up, it’s hard to imagine why”.
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction calls the film absurd, but notes that it “qualifies as one of the most influential science-fiction films ever made” as it influenced later films “in which astronauts discover decadent, all-female (or almost all-female) civilizations on other planets, including Fire Maidens from Outer Space (1956), Queen of Outer Space (1958), Nude on the Moon (1961), [and] Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968).
fullscreen, black & white (blue/red color), mono, runs 58 minutes. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, with 2 pair of 3D glasses!