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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
Joe Robinson ...
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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Female Fiends  »

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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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Both memorable and forgettable!
18 September 2005 | by (London, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and I was still a boy. As the IMDb has no information about the movie's plot or quality, I am appending a few thoughts although I remember very little about this film.

A man (Lex Barker) is driving a glamorous car in the south of France, and gives a lift to a stranger. When the stranger gets out, he does not close the car door and so the driver has to lean over to pull the door shut himself. As he does so, the hitchhiker clubs him with a cosh (or some such implement).

The man wakes up in a luxurious bed within a luxurious bedroom. A very good-looking girl (Lisa Gastoni) walks in and kisses him. He responds as any red-blooded man would but the girl pulls away, saying "That's no way to kiss your sister!" (or words to that effect). The man realises that he has lost his memory. He soon finds that he has an equally good-looking wife (Carole Matthews) and is the son of a rich man.

Although fifty years later I recall these scenes clearly, they are the only scenes I do remember about this movie, so "The Strange Awakening" is both memorable and forgettable!

(I apologise for the inadequacy of this review. If any other IMDb contributor submits a fuller appreciation, I will of course withdraw mine.)


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