The Wasp Woman (1959) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • 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 and meaner that a yellow-jacket hornet. Several people don't live to regret coming into contact with her, and this is not good for the business, either.

    - Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>
  • Janice Starlin runs her own successful cosmetics firm. Sales have dropped recently and her team tell her the reduction in sales started when she stopped being the 'face' of their cosmetic products. Janice is approaching middle age and stopped doing ads as she felt she had lost her youthful beauty. When she's approached by a scientist, Eric Zinthrop, she's amazed at a new drug he has devised from wasp enzymes. She injects herself and her youth returns to everyone's amazement. There are serious side effects however that lead to death destruction.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • The founder and owner of a cosmetic factory, Janice Starlin (Susan Cabot), is concerned with the dropping sale results of her company. The scientist Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark) offers to her his research with wasp enzymes that makes animals younger, and she immediately accepts to hire him, provided she becomes his human subject. She decides by her own to accelerate the treatment injecting additional serum trying to see earlier results, becoming the lethal "Wasp Woman".

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side- effects.

    - Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>


We open in a dusty field with a man in a beekeeper suit searching for a wasp nest. Dr. Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark) spots a particularly nice specimen...

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