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The Cat Shows Her Claws (1960)

La chatte sort ses griffes (original title)
No, Cora Mennessier (also known as "Chatte") is not dead. Condemned to be shot for being a traitor to the French Resistance, she has survived her execution by "Le Capitaine". Unfortunately,... See full summary »


Henri Decoin


Henri Decoin (adaptation), Jacques Rémy (adaptation) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Françoise Arnoul ... Cora Menessier dite La Chatte
Horst Frank ... Le Major Von Hollwitz
François Guérin François Guérin ... Louis
Harold Kay Harold Kay ... Charles
Françoise Spira Françoise Spira ... Marie-José
Jacques Fabbri ... Gustave - le chef du réseau Sud
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Dalmier dit Athos
Michel Jourdan Michel Jourdan ... Tonio
Anne Tonietti Anne Tonietti ... Maud
Chris Van Loosen Chris Van Loosen ... Clara
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... Jean-Lou
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Un officier allemand
France Asselin France Asselin ... Madame Buisson
Liliane Patrick Liliane Patrick ... La secrétaire de Dalmier
Ginette Pigeon Ginette Pigeon ... L'infirmière allemande


No, Cora Mennessier (also known as "Chatte") is not dead. Condemned to be shot for being a traitor to the French Resistance, she has survived her execution by "Le Capitaine". Unfortunately, she is immediately captured by the German forces, imprisoned and brainwashed. Her "mission" is now to contact the leader of the local Resistance movement and to gather information before handing it over to her manipulators. But have they really managed to make her a puppet on a string? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

9 March 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Is a Girl See more »

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Métro, Paris, France See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Brainwashed or the French candidate.
14 September 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Considering the ending of "la chatte" which had been released two years before ,"la chatte sort ses griffes" should never have been made.But :

a)"La chatte" was a commercial success.

b) It was not politically correct that a resistant should die such a shameful death.

So let's say she survived and presto !a sequel !

The title is a misnomer ;it means "the cat draws her claws",and actually she only does it in the last sequence.The rest of the time,the movie is some kind of a poor man's "the Mandchourian candidate".After being cured by the German(!),Cora (the cat) undergoes brainwashing ,in a way which modestly predates Frankenheimer's masterpiece and "the parallax view".But Decoin 's movie is far from having the strength and the power of those two classics.

No more leather for star Françoise Arnoul,but ,to make up for it,she does not wear any bra.It was Brigitte Bardot's heyday at the time.So even a story which took place during WW2 had to be à la mode.

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