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The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 22 March 1946 (USA)
A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant.

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Hal Wentley
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Mr. Moore
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Mario the Monster Man
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Bill Stapleton
Ruth Robinson ...
Mrs. Wentley
Adda Gleason ...
Martha
Lois Austin ...
Jenny Hawks
Tom Daly ...
Sam Julian
Eula Guy ...
Molly Cowin
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Tom
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Jean takes the job of caretaker/companion (before the word took on a completely alternate-life style meaning) to blind woman Zenobia. Also hanging around the house, in this horror/western, is Mario, a deaf-mute servant who evidently wasn't much help to Zenobia when it came to identifying the source of a noise Zenobia couldn't see. Jean is a little slow in realizing that Zenobia is slowly killing her by taking her blood. Nothing personal. Zenobia needs her blood to feed some plants. She uses the blossoms of the plants to make poison to kill cattle in order to drive away the local ranchers so she can buy all the land...cheap. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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22 March 1946 (USA)  »

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A Vingança da Mulher Aranha  »

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Shooting lasted October 1-18, 1945, released March 22, 1946, following the death of Rondo Hatton on February 2. See more »

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THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK (Arthur Lubin, 1946) *1/2
28 April 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Despite the title and the presence of two of Sherlock Holmes' most formidable nemesis (Gale Sondergaard and Rondo Hatton - hilariously named Zenobia and Mario respectively!), this is one lame film which has nothing whatsoever to do with one of the better Universal Sherlock Holmes entries. As a matter of fact, the story is weak, the premise far-fetched, the resolution predictable and the treatment uninspired! Besides, the fiery climax is clumsily executed and Hatton's fidgeting...er...sign language eventually gets on one's nerves! It's fair to say, then, that director Lubin fared much better with the other two 'horror' films he made for the studio - BLACK Friday (1940) and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943), even if these weren't completely satisfying either...


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