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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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Men Were Her Prey For Eternal Youth. See more »

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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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When Old Malla and her escort enter into the prison tent, in one shot it shows Malla entering first. In the next shot, the escort walks in first. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Timeless, thoughtful thriller
20 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's a key scene in the film where Estelle Hemsley, as an old African woman about to be given the gift a youth, states how a man growing old gains wisdom and respect while for an aging woman there is nothing. She is pitied. Unfortunately, this is, for the most part, true today, especially in films. A much older actor can pair with a decades-younger actress, and there's no fanfare. The opposite rarely occurs, and if it does, there's much ado. In this film, Coleen Gray receives this gift and does have to kill to keep her youth, but *SPOILERS AHEAD* only to selfish, dangerous people: her cruel husband (Philip Terry), a guide who ditches her (John Van Dreelen), a crook (Arthur Batanides) and a jealous would-be killer (Gloria Talbot). She won't harm her new boyfriend (Grant Williams), because she loves him. Gray has several classics to her cinema credits, but she'll be remembered for this role: convincing makeup are given full-bodied mannerisms, voice inflections that amazingly reflect old, middle, and young age. Yes, it's a small budget, with much stock footage, and could have been more developed, plot-wise. But the cast is earnest, particularly Hemsley, expert as the native old woman, Kim Hamilton as her younger counterpart, Terry as the nasty, rotten-to-the-core husband. But the aspects of male vs. female aging will stay with you after the final fadeout. The title remains appropriate (i.e. "leeching off others").


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