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The Wasp Woman -- The owner of a cosmetics firm decides to give her own appearance a boost when she agrees to an experiment in which wasp enzymes will rejuvenate her skin.


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Leo Gordon (screenplay)
Kinta Zertuche (story)
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30 October 1959 (USA) See more »
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A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side- effects. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Very entertaining Roger Corman quickie. See more (80 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Susan Cabot ... Janice Starlin
Anthony Eisley ... Bill Lane (as Fred Eisley)
Barboura Morris ... Mary Dennison
William Roerick ... Arthur Cooper
Michael Mark ... Eric Zinthrop
Frank Gerstle ... Les Hellman
Bruno VeSota ... Night Watchman (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Roy Gordon ... Paul Thompson
Carolyn Hughes ... Jean Carson
Lynn Cartwright ... Maureen Reardon
Frank Wolff ... First Delivery Man
Lani Mars ... Secretary
Philip Barry ... Second Delivery Man (as Phillip Barry)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Corman ... Mr. Barker (uncredited)

Roger Corman ... Doctor in the Hospital (uncredited)
Aron Kincaid ... Beekeeper (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
Jack Hill (uncredited)
Writing credits
Leo Gordon (screenplay)

Kinta Zertuche (story)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Katz 
Cinematography by
Harry Neumann (director of photography) (as Harry C. Newman)
Film Editing by
Carlo Lodato 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller  (as Dan Haller)
Makeup Department
Grant Keate .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
Paul Rapp .... production manager (uncredited)
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master (as Carl Brainard)
Sound Department
Philip Mitchell .... sound (as Philip N. Mitchell)
Crew believed to be complete

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73 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Not Rated (Digital Streaming) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #19232)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: When the cat pounces on the Doctor from on top of the fridge, it is obvious that it was thrown onto him.See more »
Janice Starlin:Something's happening to me. I can't control it.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very entertaining Roger Corman quickie., 2 December 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Wasp Woman' is one of Roger Corman's better monster movies (personally I prefer his biker, black comedy, gangster and psychedelic movies, but that's me). Susan Cabot stars as an ambitious head of a cosmetics firm. Being the public face of the company, she takes a downturn in sales as a personal criticism. So when a scientist experimenting with Royal Jelly, not just your average Royal Jelly, but some made from wasps, comes to her attention she hires him to experiment with its alleged anti-aging effects. Initial tests on assorted animal are so successful she begins to try the stuff herself, with impressive results. Only problem is that in her enthusiasm she forgot to see if there are any negative side effects, and by looking at the title of the movie, it's pretty obvious that there are! Herein lies the fun of this goofy movie. Sexy Cabot is good in this her final role. A bizarre footnote to her short career is her death in the mid-80s at the hands of her dwarf son. Amazing but true! But that strange event aside, the movie itself stands on its own merits. Nothing too ambitious, but an effective low budget trashy shocker that makes a great popcorn movie. By no means Corman's best work but very entertaining just the same.

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