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Writers:
Ruth Rose (adaptation)
Dudley Nichols (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
12 July 1935 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
From H. Rider Haggard's weird, wondrous story of the beautiful woman who bathed in flame and lived 500 years .. at last to find her first love at this very hour!
Plot:
Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Highly Influential, Largely Forgotten--And Lots of Fun See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Helen Gahagan ... She

Randolph Scott ... Leo Vincey
Helen Mack ... Tanya Dugmore

Nigel Bruce ... Horace Holly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julius Adler ... High Priest (uncredited)
Ray Corrigan ... Guard (uncredited)
Jerry Frank ... Guard (uncredited)
Arnold Gray ... Priest (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Dugmore (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... John Vincey (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ... Amahaggar Chief (uncredited)
Eli Mintz ... (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... Captain of the Guard (uncredited)
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Billali (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Priest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lansing C. Holden 
Irving Pichel 
 
Writing credits
Ruth Rose (adaptation, continuity & dialogue)

Dudley Nichols (additional dialogue)

H. Rider Haggard (from the novel by)

Produced by
Merian C. Cooper .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ted Cheesman 
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Aline Bernstein 
Harold Miles 
 
Makeup Department
Carl Axzelle .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Hollis Barnes .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Howard Smit .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry D'Arcy .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Kerr .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred Herman .... associate art director (as Al Herman)
Dan Sayre Groesback .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Roland Gross .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Alex Hall .... mosaic throne designer (uncredited)
Dennis Holden .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Lansing C. Holden .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Stanley Johnson .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Mario Larrinaga .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Thomas Little .... set dresser (uncredited)
Harold Miles .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Charles Ohmann .... production illustrator (uncredited)
George Russell .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Charles Sayers .... property master (uncredited)
R. Doulton Stott .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Vsevolod Ulianoff .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... recordist
Walter Elliott .... sound effects
Lee Steiner .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vernon Walker)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... optical effects (uncredited)
Guy Newhard .... matte photography (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Burke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Daly .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Leo Green .... gaffer (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Marvin Woods .... head grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eleanor Fieldhouse .... wardrober (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Sandy Sandeen .... wardrober (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph Spotts .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Shirley C. Burden .... production associate (as Shirley Burden)
Benjamin Zemach .... dance director
Esther Coleman .... nurse (uncredited)
Georgia French .... stand-in (uncredited)
Luido Gorgastin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Zoe Porter .... assistant: Merian C. Cooper (uncredited)
Gloria Truebe .... continuity (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
USA:101 min (original version) | USA:95 min (reissue)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
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Trivia:
According to the book The RKO Story, this film cost $180,000 more than it grossed in its original release, but finally broke even with the box office from a 1949 re-release, paired with The Last Days of Pompeii (1935).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Amahaggar Chief (Noble Johnson) falls to his death by being shoved into a fiery pit, you can see his feet bounce up just before the cut as he lands on an off screen mattress.See more »
Quotes:
Horace:But, who are you?
She, Queen Hash-A-Mo-Tep of Kor:I am yesterday, and today, and tomorrow. I am sorrow, and longing, and hope unfulfilled. I am Hash-A-Mo-Tep. She. She who must be obeyed! I am I.
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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Highly Influential, Largely Forgotten--And Lots of Fun, 23 March 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

If the 1935 SHE reminds you vaguely of the 1933 KING KONG do not be too surprised: both films were produced by Meriam C. Cooper, who endowed them with similar visual styles--and who tweaked the 1887 novel by H. Rider Haggard to create a similar story line as well. Starring Broadway actress (and later two term Democratic congresswoman from California) Helen Gahagan in her only film role as The Eternal One, SHE did not, however, meet with the same financial success. It lost a tremendous amount of money for RKO, was withdrawn, and for many years was thought to be completely lost.

Although the film alters the Haggard novel in a great many ways, it retains the basic elements. Lured by a family legend, Leo Vincey (Randolph Scott) braves the frozen European north with family friend Horace Holly (Nigel Bruce, best known for his appearances in the Sherlock Holmes series) and innocent Tanya Dugmore (Helen Mack, popular 1930s ingenue.) When an avalanche exposes a cavern, the three find that the Vincey family legend is not quite so fanciful after all.

Most particularly, they find themselves at the mercy of She Who Must Be Obeyed, a woman who recalls talk of Jesus Christ in the Jerusalem market place, a woman two thousand years old who preserves her life by bathing in a radioactive flame that vents from the volcanic floor of her hidden kingdom. She (known here as Queen Hash-A-Mo-Tep) has been waiting for the reincarnation of her long-dead love, and Leo is his spitting image.

The acting styles are stiff even by 1935 standards and although Miss Gahagan is attractive in a 1930s way she lacks the stunning beauty attributed to She by the Haggard novel--but the great draw of the film was never intended to be great acting: like KING KONG, it is an action-adventure film with knockout sets (a few of them actually lifted from KING KONG), memorable special effects, and remarkable cinematographic set pieces. Even as it borrowed from earlier films such as the 1932 Boris Karloff THE MUMMY, it would also influence later films in turn; it is hard, for example, to imagine the 1937 Ronald Coleman LOST HORIZON without it, and even the look of the evil queen in Disney's 1938 SNOW WHITE is said to have been inspired by Gahagan's look and performance.

The film has been released in several editions to the home market, and fans may be tempted by less expensive editions. A word to the wise: Don't. The film shows its age and there is no significant bonus material, but the Kino Video release (be it on VHS or DVD) offers what is probably the best print short of a digital restoration. Recommended for fans of 1930s fantasy cinema.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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