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Weird Woman (1944)

Passed  -  Mystery  -  1 March 1944 (USA)
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While on a South Seas trip, a professor falls in love with marries an exotic native woman. What he doesn't know is that she was raised by superstitious natives who believe her to be some ... See full summary »

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Prof. Norman Reed (as Lon Chaney)
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Illona Carr
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Prof. Millard Sawtelle
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Dean Grace Gunnison
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Margaret Mercer
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While on a South Seas trip, a professor falls in love with marries an exotic native woman. What he doesn't know is that she was raised by superstitious natives who believe her to be some kind of supernatural being. Written by Anonymous

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Second of the six features in Universal's INNER SANCTUM series, which began December 6, 1943, and was released March 31, 1944. See more »

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When Paula phones Reed, we hear the distinct "click" of a hang-up. But when he arrives home, he finds her passed out with the receiver still in her hand. See more »

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Better than Average Inner Sanctum Mystery
8 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Weird Woman was one of several mystery films with supernatural overtones shot by Universal in the 1940's starring Lon Chaney, Jr. as part of the Inner Sanctum series (using the title of the popular radio suspense program). Chaney was always the lead. This entry is probably the second best in the series surpassed only by Calling Dr. Death (1943), the first of the Inner Sanctum pictures. Weird Woman was based on Fritz Leiber's novel The Conjure Wife, a very good read which was later done on television with Larry Blyden. Chaney is a professor of sociology who has devoted his academic life to rational thought and logic and the fight against superstition, witchcraft and magic. When he marries an exotic young women who secretly practices sorcery and brings her back to his campus home, strange events are unleashed. The film captures the tensions and jealousies of the competing faculty members and their wives and is well acted by a strong cast including Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers (often Chaney's leading lady), Ralph Morgan (the brother of Frank Morgan, the Wizard of Oz), and Elizabeth Russell. Chaney gives a compelling performance as the rational professor who suddenly finds his comfortable, logical world upset by superstition and witchcraft. The film is short, moves quickly, has a nice climax, and is fine as a "B" programmer. If you want to see how good Leiber's work really can be as a film, however, compare this 1944 version with the 1962 British remake Burn, Witch, Burn with Janet Blair which is is a truly intriguing and genuinely scary film.


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