The Val Lewton Productions

val-lewton2Born: 7 May 1904, Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Died: 14 March 1951, Los Angeles, California, USA

In 1942, Russian-American writer and film producer Val Lewton was put in charge of RKO’s low-budget unit. Lewton’s first cheapie, the stylish Cat People (1942),  became an enormous success with audiences and the producer was left alone to his own devices. For the next few years, Lewton delivered one gem after another. All these films were known for their sophisticated camera work and ominous atmosphere. Lewton left RKO at the end of the 1940s to produce A-films for various studios, something he did with mixed results until his premature death in 1951.


The RKO Years
  • Cat People (1942, Jacques Tourneur)
  • I Walked With a Zombie (1943, Jacques Tourneur)
  • The Leopard Man (1943, Jacques Tourneur)
  • The Seventh Victim (1943, Mark Robson)
  • The Ghost Ship (1943, Mark Robson)
  • The Curse of the Cat People (1944, Robert Wise, Gunther von Fritsch )
  • Mademoiselle Fifi (1944, Robert Wise)
  • Youth Runs Wild (1944, Mark Robson)
  • The Body Snatcher (1945, Robert Wise)
  • Isle of the Dead (1945, Mark Robson)
The Last Years
  • My Own True Love (1949, Compton Bennett)
  • Please Believe Me (1950, Norman Taurog)
  • Apache Drums (1951, Hugo Fregonese)


Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007, Kent Jones)