Cat People was directed by Jacques Tourneur, who directed Out of the Past a noir I recently watched and liked very much. Cat People is not nearly as good as Out of the Past. There is a lot of build up in Cat People and it doesn't pay off that well. There are a couple of genuinely suspenseful scenes but for the most part it is kind of boring.
This movie, along with The Body Snatcher, is part of a Val Lewton collection currently playing on the FilmStruck streaming service, which is where I saw them.