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Captive Wild Woman (1943)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  4 June 1943 (USA)
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An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human...even though it costs human life.



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Cast overview:
Acquanetta ...
Dr. Sigmund Walters
Evelyn Ankers ...
Beth Colman
Fred Mason
Lloyd Corrigan ...
John Whipple
Fay Helm ...
Nurse Strand
Dorothy Colman (as Martha MacVicar)
Vince Barnett ...
Curly, a rube
Gruen, the handler


A mad scientist transplants human glands into a gorilla, turning the ape into a beautiful young woman (Acquanetta). However, a severe emotional jolt soon reverts her back into her primitive self with disastrous consequences. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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STRANGEST OF SIGHTS... The brain of an animal... the form of a woman! See more »


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4 June 1943 (USA)  »

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Captive Wild Woman  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was John Carradine's first leading role on screen, filmed from December 10-31, 1942. Release took place July 2, 1943. See more »


The same shot of two lions fighting in a circus cage that is used about 12 minutes into the film is re-utilized near the end of the film during the storm sequence. See more »


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Followed by The Jungle Captive (1945) See more »

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It's All in the Glands
30 November 2003 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Scientist and surgeon John Carradine, having worked miracles in the area of glandular research, now wants to change a stolen gorilla into a woman - why? We really never understand his motivation, but what we do get in Captive Wild Woman is a pretty entertaining ride that one can learn to expect from Universal Studios. Ferocious lions and tigers, a fairly good imitation of a gorilla, John Carradine hamming it up, Milburn Stone reminding me of Gunsmoke every minute he is on film, Evelyn Ankers wearing outfits that only Auntie Mame would wear, and the beautiful, silent Acquanetta all make this a very unique and welcomed addition to the Universal pantheon of horror goodies. Though not a great film, this one packs a punch for a 61 minute film. Never a dull lull in the action. Carradine plays a very suave, polished doctor that is utterly crazy, mad, and heartless. It is a pretty good performance from Mr. Carradine. The rest of the cast is very able. Ankers and the silent girl transformed from ape - Acquanetta - are appealing eye candy as well. A couple quick notations. Ms. Ankers is a secretary, yet has a wardrobe of a wealthy socialite. She apparently lives in a boarding house, as in one scene she is in a bed witnessing the ape woman coming into her room by the window - a landlady type comes to the door way across the other side of the room. The landlady yells and runs and the ape woman, rather than killing her intended victim inches away from her - runs way across the other side of the room and down the hallway to kill a woman for no reason. Hmmm. Despite these little observations, a highly recommended film. Hope this one comes out on DVD soon.

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