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The Leech Woman (1960)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  May 1960 (USA)
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An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.

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When a very old African woman offers an ambitious endocrinologist the secret of eternal youth, he decides to take his estranged and no-longer-young-and-beautiful wife along with him on the safari. But then she finds out the true reason for their sudden reconciliation is so that she can serve as his guinea pig. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially one with a stolen pineal gland tapper. But once you try Nipe, there's no going back. Written by Larry Cline

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The scene where June Talbot is walking the street in front of the bar, the same Mambo song in the back ground was also used in the movie, "Written on the Wind" (1956). Rock Hudson & Dorothy Malone danced to it. See more »

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During the ceremony of making the women young again, the process of tapping the pineal gland for hormones involves stabbing the sacrifice at the back of the neck with a short sharp instrument. The pineal gland is actually located deep within the brain. See more »

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Dr. Paul Talbot: Well, that's a novelty - you're refusing anything with alcohol in it! I'm not used to seeing you sober this time of day.
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Great "B" Flick
2 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has gotten a bad rap, I think mainly because of the inane title. It conjures up a ridiculous image of a giant leech with a purse and high heels on. This movie is actually pretty good, given it's low budget.

Coleen Gray, a very pretty and capable actress in her day, gives a great performance as June Talbot, the alcoholic, middle aged woman married to Dr. Paul Talbott (portrayed as a total heel by Phillip Terry, better known as Joan Crawford's 4th husband). Dr. Talbott is a scientist who is trying to find a serum to counter aging and is willing to sacrifice his wife in order to find the answer.

The performances by Gray and Terry are solid, as is Gloria Talbott who plays Dr. Talbott's assistant and Grant Williams, Dr. Talbott's lawyer and Gloria's boyfriend who falls under the spell of "The Leech Woman". Estelle Hemsley is also good as an old African woman who looks like a human prune and offers to show the good doctor the secret to turn back the effects of aging, for a very steep price, of course.

I thought the make up of the Leech Woman was very affective, pretty scary stuff for it's day. Don't let the title of this movie keep you from watching...it's very entertaining, from start to finish.


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