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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."

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Peter Chance
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Selena Friend
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Marny Friend
Nora Swinburne ...
Mrs. Friend
Peter Dyneley ...
Dr. Rene Normand
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Sven
Malou Pantera ...
Isabella
Richard Molinas ...
Louis
John Serret ...
Commissaire Sagain
Stanley Maxted ...
Mr. Moffat
Monica Grey ...
Iris Chance
Yvonne Andre ...
Nun
Raf De La Torre ...
Mr. Petheridge
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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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Released in the UK in April 1958 as the supporting film for 6.5 Special. See more »

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A neat idea that wasn't resolved very well.
18 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The idea behind "Female Fiends" is pretty good, but unfortunately it's not nearly as good as it could be because of poor writing. Good idea--poorly written. That's pretty much the film.

Lex Barker plays a man who awakens to find he has no idea who he is. He's told that he's the rich heir to an estate and his memory lapse and injuries (he's in a cast) are the result of an accident. However, it's pretty obvious to the viewer that this is not true. But why?! Why would a bunch of people suddenly try to convince a guy he's a member of their family?! After a bit, Barker is suspicious and begins to dig. It's a nice idea--but it resolved almost immediately after Barker begins to dig!! The film is 68 minutes long and should have been at least 80 minutes. It seems quick--rushed even. And, as a result, it's only a time-passer and no more. Sad...as the idea was pretty good. Unfortunately, the film just doesn't do much with the idea.


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