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The She-Creature (1956)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror, Romance | August 1956 (USA)
A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.

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Andrea Talbott / Elizabeth Wetherby
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Dr. Carlo Lombardi
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Timothy Chappel
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Dorothy Chappel
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Dr. Ted Erickson
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Police Lt. Ed James
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Mrs. Chappel
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Olaf
Paul Dubov ...
Johnny
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Bob (as Bill Hudson)
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Marta
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Mrs. Brown
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Police Doctor with Prof. Anderson
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Lombardi's Lawyer
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Using hypnosis, Dr. Carlo Lombardi claims that he can have his patients regress and recover memories from their past lives, thereby proving that reincarnation exists. He also claims that the spirit of these past lives can be brought forth to take physical form.. A series of violent murders by a creature that seems to disappear into the sea suggests that Lombardi's claim may be correct. The medical and scientific community believe him to be a complete fraud but one enterprising businessman sees the opportunity to make a small fortune with Lombardi's ability. Written by garykmcd

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Geschöpf des Schreckens  »

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The dog that walks along the beach with Marla English is, in real life named Spike, and is the same dog who played the title character in Old Yeller (1957). See more »

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In the latter part of the picture, police Lieutenant James listens to a conversation he had with Dr. Lombardi on a tape recorder. He actually asked for the recorder some time *after* he spoke with Lombardi, so who recorded the conversation? See more »

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Andrea Talbott: [to Lombardi] I hate this place. I hate the sound of the ocean. I hate you.
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Referenced in How to Make a Monster (1958) See more »

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The Monster With A Rack
16 January 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If you take a look at the credits of Chester Morris's career, you'll note he did a lot of television in the Fifties and Sixties after his Boston Blackie series came to an end. Morris was one of those players who found a lot of work in the new medium as their screen careers dried up. One of his few unfortunate ventures back to the big screen was The She-Creature.

Morris is in a cast with a whole lot of players like Cathy Downs, Tom Conway, El Brendel, and Frieda Inescourt whose careers had evaporated in film, due to blacklist and other problems. It's sad, but this sometimes was the best work they could get.

Morris is a Svengali like hypnotist who's gone beyond anything that Messmer ever dreamed possible. His Trilby is Marla English whose bosoms excited many a pubescent male in the drive-ins. Most of the film she's in a trance and at a certain point in the trance, she dreams up from her past life a long extinct sea creature who looks like The Creature from the Black Lagoon's bride. You can tell by the rack the makeup people provide so we know it's the dreaming Marla.

This She-Creature is Morrris's personal hit squad, killing both skeptics of his hypnotic abilities to bring out past lives and anyone else who looks longingly at English. In Lance Fuller's case he's both a rival and a skeptic.

What's scary about this movie is not the content which today could be released as a comedy. The scary part is that the players I named all were in quality A films at one point in their career. Fortunately Morris got to appear in The Great White Hope before he died as a farewell performance. And I do remember him from the Fifties and Sixties showing a lot of quality acting in various television series.

Maybe the guy from The Black Lagoon might like this film.


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