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The Wasp Woman
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Director:
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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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Errors in geography: Although the detectives supposedly are looking for Mr. Zinthrop in Manhattan, their car has California plates, the skyline behind them obviously is that of Los Angeles as it has only low rise buildings and lots of open space rather than the tall and crowded buildings of Manhattan, and they pass at least three date palm trees that could never survive and grow in the cold New York winters.See more »
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Janice Starlin:Something's happening to me. I can't control it.See more »
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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Buzz off, you uncanny ladybug!, 28 August 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Like none of his other late 50's/early 60's horror & Sci-Fi tryouts (and there were quite a lot of them), "The Wasp Woman" truly proves that Roger Corman was, and still is, a very creative and versatile filmmaker! The plot of his ultra-low budget quickie is mundane and unbelievably predictable, yet the whole film is stuffed with ingenious little twists and elements that make the premise feel fresh and original nevertheless! There are very few directors out there, apart from Corman, able to achieve this! Susan Cabot, who starred in a handful of contemporary Corman productions, plays a businesswoman leading a prominent cosmetics company. She's unable to accept her own natural ageing process and righteously fears that her looks will bring down the monthly profits. When a scientist announces that he developed a rejuvenation liquid by extracting enzymes of ordinary wasps, Janice Starling immediately wants to commercialize it and test it on herself. The miraculous discovery is highly efficient, but when Janice injects herself with too much doses, she transforms into a murderous wasp overnight. "The Wasp Woman" is no more or no less than fun & undemanding Sci-Fi entertainment! The film has a good pace and there's the occasional suspenseful moment to enjoy. The monster-transformations and special effects are really tacky but what else did you expect considering the money that was involved? This charming little movie may not be very appealing to the younger generation of fans, but I warmly recommend it to admirers of classic science fiction. The rating here on IMDb is WAY too low!

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