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Female Fiends (1958)

The Strange Awakening (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 April 1960 (USA)
A man, awakening with no memory, is told he is an heir to millions, but he suspects he is an heir to trouble instead. Based on Hugh Wheeler's novel "Puzzle for Fiends."



(screenplay), (novel) (as Patrick Quentin)
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Cast overview:
Peter Chance
Selena Friend
Marny Friend
Nora Swinburne ...
Mrs. Friend
Peter Dyneley ...
Dr. Rene Normand
Joe Robinson ...
Malou Pantera ...
Richard Molinas ...
John Serret ...
Commissaire Sagain
Stanley Maxted ...
Mr. Moffat
Monica Grey ...
Iris Chance
Yvonne Andre ...
Raf De La Torre ...
Mr. Petheridge


Peter Chance, a motorist, is stopped and attacked by a hitchhiker somewhere in the south of France. He is left unconscious by the roadside with no identification. He regains his senses in a strange room but can not recall anything of his past. The house owner, a Mrs. Friend, tells him he is her son and has had an accident, and also that his father has died and he is heir to two million dollars. When the hitchhiker turns up, Chance begins to suspect something is rotten in the south of France. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Their motive Greed! Their Method Murder!


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28 April 1960 (USA)  »

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Female Fiends  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.75 : 1
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Released in the UK in April 1958 as the supporting film for 6.5 Special. See more »

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Combine stupid story bad acting with talkiness and you've got supreme lemon
18 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A British B or quota movie. Some of these are not too bad but this one rates a Z rather than a B.

The acting was atrocious it was wordy there were holes every where in the plot. Production values couldn't have been cheaper except for the burning house at the end which was kind of neat.

A man with amnesia is spirited out of hospital with fake casts to take the place of an alcoholic playboy so 3 women can inherit a share of their teetotaler father's 2 million dollars.

I can't think of any thing good about this thing... but as another reviewer stated it wasn't bad enough to be funny it was just boring dull and irritating. Combine bad acting and talkiness and you've got a real lemon.


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