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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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Plainclothes Sgt. with Lt. James
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Olaf
Paul Dubov ...
Johnny
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Bob (as Bill Hudson)
Flo Bert ...
Marta
Jeanne Evans ...
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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$100,000 (estimated)
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Originally Edward Arnold was to play Dr. Lombardi, Peter Lorre was signed to play Timothy Chappel and Mike Connors was to play Dr. Erickson. However, Arnold died before production began, and by the time Chester Morris was signed to replace him, Lorre and Connors had become unavailable, and their parts were played by Tom Conway and Lance Fuller. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Tom Conway is "chased" by the She-Creature. It looks like he is using a standard .38 caliber, six shot pistol. He fires the weapon seven times without reloading. See more »

Quotes

Andrea Talbott: [to Lombardi about Erickson] I have found the power to resist you. He has given it to me.
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Featured in Horrible Honeys (1988) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby

A woman in a hypnotic trance allows a worker of psychological magic to bring forth a she-creature from the sea that kills to makes his predictions of death come true. The movie put me in a trance! Slow does not describe the pacing of this film. It moves not at the pace of a snail but more like the weathering effect on mountains that takes thousands and thousands of years. The film, despite its lethargic, morphine-injected story-telling, has its finer points(And no, I am not talking about Marla English here .....yet!). First of all, I liked Chester Morris in his role. I seem to be a minority here, but I thought this was a rare opportunity to see a pretty good actor from a bygone era. Morris essayed the role of the Bat in The Bat Whispers in 1931 as well as played Boston Blackie numerous times. Sure, he's a thick slice of ham, but a fun slice of ham to watch....to a degree. After awhile the lines with little conviction and the overly tight-lipped face get to be a bit of a strain. But at the very least he has some acting skill...which cannot be said of too many others in the film. Yeah, Tom Conway can act...sometimes, but his role is of little importance and he has little to do. The scene where he is ...well, not to give it away...shall we say "taken care of" is a real hoot as it looks just so unbelievable. Lance Fuller? I've seen walls create more depth of character than he musters in what can only be called a "dead" performance. He's alive, but sometimes you just don't know for sure. He registers almost no emotion, no conviction in his lines, nor does he illicit any feeling from the viewer toward him. The rest of the actors are not much better. The guy playing the Polish butler was absurd as was the policeman with the tough guy routine. What about Marla English? She plays the hypnotized girl that allows the She-creature to rise from the sea. Well, she is not much of an actress, but what she can do to a sweater....certainly one of the higher peaks...points of the film. The she-creature? Well, it's nothing horrifying. Nothing terrible, yet the costume created by Paul Blaisdell deserves its admiration. It is a creative outfit like nothing else I have ever seen. But the monster walks/hobbles through the sand with the agility of an octagenarion, thus creating no menace but rather a burning desire for a tube of ben gay and a bottle of geritol!


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