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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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Director:
Writers:
Leo Gordon (screenplay)
Kinta Zertuche (story)
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Release Date:
30 October 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Horror Of The Winged Menace ! See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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)
 
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73 min
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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:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The role of the Beekeeper played by Aron Kincaid was added after the film's initial release.See more »
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Despite the use of keys during the whole movie, there is obviously no lock on the lab door. Wrong. After the cat is killed, you can clearly see the old skeleton style keyhole in the lab door.See more »
Quotes:
Bill Lane:You're as bad as she is! Oh, women!
Mary Dennison:Men! Every time you search for an answer, you always come up with women. You're not getting out of this one so easily. I'd like to know why you think Zinthrop really hasn't got something.
Bill Lane:Well, you can call it male intuition if you like... except there's something about this whole business that doesn't smell right... a private laboratory! A secret experiment! Zinthrop himself! The only thing missing is a genie with a lamp!
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Featured in Attack of the Killer B-Movies (1995) (TV)See more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The Wasps and the Bees, 12 March 2004
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

******SPOILERS***** Decent Roger Corman film about the goings on in a top cosmetic company and the story of it's CEO and founder who hit upon hard times when her looks who were the companies best advertisement began to develop wrinkles as she began to approach middle-age as did the companies, in being cut in half, profits.

Cosmetic Queen Janice Starlin, Susan Cabot, needs something to jump-start her falling business and just then pops in Eric Zinthrop, Michael Mark, an eccentric scientist. Zinthrop's experiments with wasp royal jelly has brought on his subjects, hamsters dogs and cats, miracles in retarding the aging process and bringing them back to their youth. Seeing first hand and being convinced by Zinthrop's experiments Janice eagerly volunteers to be injected with Zinthrop's serum and becomes more youthful looking as the injections continue. But like most women Janice feels that she not youthful enough and starts, against Zinthrop's advice, to take them by herself and in larger and larger dosages. As Janice becomes more youthful she also becomes more waspish and wasps especially a queen wasp are dangerous and deadly creatures.

The acting is much better then you would expect from an early Roger Corman horror movie. Even though you don't see Janice transform into the deadly Wasp Woman until almost in the last third of the movie which makes the horror scenes very limited but their still both shocking as well as effective. The very good acting by all involved in the film keeps you interested in the story up until the horror and action scenes starts.

Even though Janice is both a small and delicate woman, even made up as the Wasp Woman, she's very physical aggressive and frightening in all her action scenes in which all her victims are far bigger then she is.

Zinthrop being more or less the mad scientist type in the movie was anything but mad but very concerned for Janice in his experiments on her and it was Janice who went too far not him in pursuing them. "The Wasp Woman" is one of Roger Corman's better earlier movies with a sound plot and top notch acting By Susan Cabot, Michael Mark, Arthur Cooper Anthony Eisley and the very likable Barboura Morris that rises the film above the B-Horror movie that you would have thought that it would be.

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