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I Walked with a Zombie -- A young Canadian nurse (Betsy) comes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager (Paul Holland)...


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Curt Siodmak (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
30 April 1943 (USA) See more »
See this strange, strange story of a woman whose lure set brother against brother; whose love caused hate - and whose beauty bowed to the will of an evil spell in whose power we must refuse to believe - EVEN IF IT'S TRUE! See more »
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Lyrical and Atmospheric See more (92 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Ellison ... Wesley Rand

Frances Dee ... Betsy Connell

Tom Conway ... Paul Holland

Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Rand

James Bell ... Dr. Maxwell
Christine Gordon ... Jessica Holland

Theresa Harris ... Alma - Maid (as Teresa Harris)
Sir Lancelot ... Calypso Singer

Darby Jones ... Carrefour
Jeni Le Gon ... Dancer (as Jeni LeGon)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Abrams ... Clement (uncredited)
Doris Ake ... Black Friend of Melise (uncredited)
Rita Christiani ... Friend of Melise (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ... Melisse (uncredited)
Alan Edmiston ... Job Interviewer (uncredited)
Kathleen Hartsfield ... Dancer (uncredited)
Norman Mayes ... Bayard (uncredited)
Jieno Moxzer ... Sabreur (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond ... Coachman (uncredited)
Arthur Walker ... Ti-Joseph (uncredited)
Martin Wilkins ... Houngan (uncredited)
Melvin Williams ... Baby (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
Curt Siodmak (screenplay) and
Ardel Wray (screenplay)

Inez Wallace (original story)

Charlotte Brontë  novel "Jane Eyre" (uncredited)

Produced by
Val Lewton .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark Robson 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations) (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director
Sound Department
John C. Grubb .... recorded by
Terry Kellum .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
James G. Stewart .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Lou L. Ostrow .... supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-7 (2016) (TV) | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1998) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #8949) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Continuity: When Besty goes to talk with Wes on the porch about an hour into the film, they are both lit by light coming through the louvered door to the left. But, in the next closer shot, that striped lighting pattern disappears.See more »
Paul Holland:It's not beautiful.
Betsy Connell:You read my thoughts Mr. Holland.
Paul Holland:It's easy enough to read the thoughts of a newcomer. Everything seems beautiful because you don't understand. Those flying fish, they're not leaping for joy, they're jumping in terror. Bigger fish want to eat them. That luminous water, it takes its gleam from millions of tiny dead bodies. The glitter of putrescence. There's no beauty here, only death and decay.
Betsy Connell:You can't really believe that.
Paul Holland:Everything good dies here. Even the stars.
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54 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Lyrical and Atmospheric, 19 June 2002
Author: gbheron from Washington, DC

"I Walked with a Zombie", besides having one of the oddest movie titles, took a different approach to the horror genre than the popular Universal movies of the day. Maybe it harkens back to the earlier Universal heavies like "Dracula" and "Bride of Frankenstein". Made by Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur, they crafted their collaborations using a poetic, dreamlike approach to cinematic storytelling. Lyrical and atmospheric, "I Walked with a Zombie" recounts the story of a Canadian nurse sent to a small West Indian sugar island to tend for a young comatose woman, the wife of the island's plantation owner. What's wrong with her? Hints abound through the songs of the calypso singers, bits of dialogue, objects in the movie. The story, as odd as it is, is not told directly. You may think it is, but at the end of the film, you're not so certain of what's happened. Were the events the work of the supernatural? Was a crime committed? Or both? Or neither? It's difficult to say. I recommend this movie, it's important not to forget the older, off-beat films.

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