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The Wasp Woman (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 30 October 1959 (USA)
A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical hoary side effects.

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Bill Lane (as Fred Eisley)
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Les Hellman
Bruno VeSota ...
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Roy Gordon ...
Paul Thompson
Carolyn Hughes ...
Jean Carson
Lynn Cartwright ...
Maureen Reardon
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First Delivery Man
Lani Mars ...
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Philip Barry ...
Second Delivery Man (as Phillip Barry)
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Storyline

Janice Starlin, the owner of a cosmetics firm, sees that her fading beauty is not only causing waves in her personal life but causing some prestige problems for her also-fading business. She becomes an easy mark for a pseudo-scientist, Eric Zinthrop, who claims to have developed a serum from the enzymes of wasps that will turn aging skin to youthful-looking skin. The second-best thing to a time machine. She, without any hesitation, agrees to be the first human to try the Zinthro injections. But, as her beauty returns, her secretary, Mary Dennison, and her advertising executive, Bill Lane, notices she is also having a personality change and it isn't for the better, albeit she was no Miss Congegeniality to begin with. Then, Zinthrop gets hit by an automobile, for plot-development purposes, and is somewhat incapacitated and not in any shape to be whipping up any new batches of Zinthrop's Wasp Enzyme Injection Serum and, without her enzyme injections, Janice turns into a wasp-like woman ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A beautiful woman by day - a lusting queen wasp by night. See more »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Even though the copyright of this movie is 1959, there is clearly at least one part this movie that was filmed in 1964 or later. When the private investigator gets the address in "Manhattan" for the elderly "Bee guy" Eric Zinthrop, he calls "Jerry" and tells him to get right on it. The movie then cuts to a young guy in an office and then without any dialogue, he and another guy drive around in search of Zinthrop. As they do, they pass several 1961-64 Chevrolets. This is especially evident when they pull up to the "Ambulance Entrance" and Jerry gets out of the car. There is a 1964 white Chevrolet Impala (three tail lights per side) parked on the right side of the scene. From the appearance of this portion of the film versus the rest of the movie, this part was evidentially added at a later date. See more »

Goofs

There is a shadow of a crew member cast on the door when Janice and the Doctor leave her office to go to the laboratory. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Cooper: I'd stay away from wasps if i were you, Mrs. Starlin. Socially the queen wasp is on the level with a Black Widow spider. They're both carnivorous, they paralyze their victims and then take their time devouring them alive. And they kill their mates in the same way, too. Strictly a one-sided romance.
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Never judge a book by it's cover.
4 July 2004 | by (Mansfield, CT USA) – See all my reviews

It's not a bad movie. I found it to be fun and entertaining. It is another low budget B movie production but in my opinion it is slightly under rated and maybe a half step in front of most of it's contemporaries. Being produced and directed by Roger Corman probably has a lot to do with this. The acting isn't bad especially that of the leading lady Susan Cabot, and the plot interesting although in places flawed. The costume for the wasp woman was a big disappointment. I have no doubt that it had a much bigger effect in 1960 but it is pretty poor. When you see the design on the box for the DVD or VCR tape remember, never judge a book by it's cover. The wasp woman's appearance is nothing like the artist's conception. It's still well worth watching and I have done so several times over the years. Just remember not to be too critical. Relax and enjoy it.


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