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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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June Talbot
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Neil Foster
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Dr. Paul Talbot
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John Van Dreelen ...
Bertram Garvay
Estelle Hemsley ...
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Arthur Batanides ...
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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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Forever young! Forever deadly! She lived off the life blood of male victims! See more »

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Stars Coleen Gray and Phillip Terry were so into their performances as a feuding couple that they didn't even get along off-camera either. See more »

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When the tribesman is about to be sacrificed for Mala, he had an afro. When his neck is pierced, we see he has a close cut style instead (no afro). 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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Well Acted and Pretty Good
19 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

"The Leech Woman" is a film that's a lot better than its title. Coleen Gray plays the older wife of Phillip Terry, a doctor who's been experimenting with various mixtures in order to find the fountain of youth. The acting is quite good by a group of old pros, and the film throws in about everything: the older woman/younger man plot twist, alcoholism, tribal rituals, emotional abuse, love triangles, several murders, smart-mouthed cops, journeys into darkest Africa, revenge and betrayal, explosions, quicksand...well, you get the idea. Gray does quite well with a difficult role, with fine support from Terry, Grant Williams, Kim Hamilton, and Gloria Talbott. I thought the ending was a little weak, but otherwise it's an entertaining take on an unusual story regarding rejuvenation. Worth catching.


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