5.7/10
602
29 user 24 critic

Captive Wild Woman (1943)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 4 June 1943 (USA)
An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human...even though it costs human life.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Ted Fithian (original story), Neil P. Varnick (original story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Night Monster (1942)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths.

Director: Ford Beebe
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson
Horror Island (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Peggy Moran
Certificate: Passed Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel
The Black Cat (1941)
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death.

Director: Albert S. Rogell
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford
Jungle Woman (1944)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Paula the ape woman (Acquanetta) is alive and well, and running around a creepy old sanitarium run by the kindly Dr. Fletcher (J. Carrol Naish), also reverting to her true gorilla form ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Evelyn Ankers, J. Carrol Naish, Samuel S. Hinds
13 Ghosts (1960)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner
The Mad Ghoul (1943)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A university chemistry professor experiments with an ancient Mayan gas on a medical student, turning the would-be surgeon into a murdering ghoul.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: David Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, George Zucco
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Barbara O'Neil
Weird Woman (1944)
Certificate: Passed Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

While on a South Seas trip, a professor falls in love and marries an exotic native woman. What he doesn't know is that she was raised by superstitious natives who believe her to be some ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Scientist becomes obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Boris Karloff, Anne Revere, Amanda Duff
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of deaths at a castle with each foretold by the delivery of orange pips to the victims.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather
Film-Noir | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Noble-born cad Denis (Stapley) has been tricked into a forced stay at the eerie manor of the Sire de Maletroit (Laughton), an evil madman who can't get over the death of his beloved, twenty... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Sally Forrest
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
John Carradine ... Dr. Sigmund Walters
Evelyn Ankers ... Beth Colman
Milburn Stone ... Fred Mason
Lloyd Corrigan ... John Whipple
Fay Helm ... Nurse Strand
Martha Vickers ... Dorothy Colman (as Martha MacVicar)
Vince Barnett ... Curley
Paul Fix ... Gruen
Acquanetta ... Paula Dupree -
Edit

Storyline

Dr. Sigmund Walters, an expert in glandular research, becomes convinced that his experiments involving lower animal species cannot succeed, so he arranges to have a very intelligent female gorilla kidnapped from the circus and brought to his lab. Using the glands of a patient and the brain of his faithful nurse, he performs transplant surgery on the intelligent simian. When the ape morphs into exotic and sexy Paula Dupree, the experiment seems to be s success. She even finds a place for herself at her old circus assisting lion tamer Fred Mason. Unfortunately when aroused by desire and jealousy over the affections of Mason, her delicate metabolism breaks down, and she regresses to her ape form. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A human form with animal instincts! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer fiera See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Relies extensively on the use of archive footage from The Big Cage (1933). See more »

Goofs

The same shot of two lions fighting in a circus cage that is used about 12 minutes into the film is re-utilized near the end of the film during the storm sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dockworker: Clear the dock! Clear the dock!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Coming Soon (1982) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
So good they created a sequel...well, perhaps not...but at least they did a sequel!
1 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I watched the films in the wrong order, though it hardly seemed to matter as the second film, "Jungle Woman" isn't exactly a sequel as so much of the story has been changed. Instead of being the product of a truly evil scientist (John Carradine), the ape is transformed into a hot woman by a nice scientist and there's also no mention of the story in "Captive Wild Woman". Odd...but this sort of thing was not unusual in Universal's horror films of the 1940s...they often contradicted each other.

A lady has a sister with some odd glandular disorder...so she takes him to Dr. Walters (Carradine). Little do they know that the nice scientist is actually completely evil and plans on experimenting on the sick sister. He plans on using her body to help turn an ape he stole become human-looking...all thanks to the miracle of glands. Along the way, his stupid assistant* gets in the way, so he sacrifices her...all in the name of scientist.

The new creation Walter dubs 'Paula Dupree' and she soon becomes the assistant to Fred the lion and tiger tamer. This is because Paula can hypnotize animals to do her bidding just by staring at them...and staring is what Acquanetta was REALLY good at doing throughout this film. Apart from a little tantrum and sequence where she looks a bit like a cheap wolfman, she really isn't given much to do other than stare. And, this staring she-freak is in love with Fred...but without a conscience, there's no telling WHAT she'll do!

This is not a terrible film but is about what you'd expect from a second-tier Universal horror movie. It entertains (particularly because of Carradine's cool performance as the goofy doc!) and is pretty much what fans of the genre will enjoy. It's also just a bit better than its sequel.

By the way, the exotic looking Acquanetta was actually originally Mildred Davenport...from Wyoming! So, despite the press releases from Universal, she was NOT the Venezuelan Volcano!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed