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I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 30 April 1943 (USA)
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A nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Curt Siodmak (screenplay), Ardel Wray (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Ellison ... Wesley Rand
Frances Dee ... Betsy Connell
Tom Conway ... Paul Holland
Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Rand
James Bell ... Dr. Maxwell
Christine Gordon Christine Gordon ... Jessica Holland
Theresa Harris ... Alma - Maid (as Teresa Harris)
Sir Lancelot ... Calypso Singer
Darby Jones ... Carrefour
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Dancer (as Jeni LeGon)
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Storyline

Young Canadian nurse Betsy comes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager Paul Holland. Jessica seems to be suffering from a kind of mental paralysis as a result of fever. When she falls in love with Paul, Betsy determines to cure Jessica even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony, to give Paul what she thinks he wants. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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She's alive... yet dead! She's dead... yet alive! See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Walked with a Zombie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hanging on the wall in Jessica's room is a copy of Arnold Böcklin's mysterious painting "Isle of the Dead," which would serve as the basis for another Lewton production with that title two years later. See more »

Goofs

When Besty goes to talk with Wes on the porch about an hour into the film, they are both lit by light coming through the louvered door to the left. But, in the next closer shot, that striped lighting pattern disappears. See more »

Quotes

Calypso Singer: Dere was a family dat live on de isle of St. Sebastian a long, long while / De head of de family was a Holland man and de younger brother, his name was Rand / Ah, woe! Ah, me! Shame and sorrow for de family / De Holland man he kept in a tower a wife as pretty as a big white flower. / She saw de brother and she stole his heart and dat's how de badness and de trouble start... De wife and de brother dey want to go but de Holland man, he tell dem no / De wife fall down and de evil came and it ...
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning, in small letters at the bottom of the screen is this disclaimer: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to any persons, living, dead, OR POSSESSED, is entirely coincidental. See more »


Soundtracks

Fort Holland Calypso Song
(1943) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Sir Lancelot
Played on guitar and sung by Sir Lancelot
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Lyrical and Atmospheric
19 June 2002 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

"I Walked with a Zombie", besides having one of the oddest movie titles, took a different approach to the horror genre than the popular Universal movies of the day. Maybe it harkens back to the earlier Universal heavies like "Dracula" and "Bride of Frankenstein". Made by Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur, they crafted their collaborations using a poetic, dreamlike approach to cinematic storytelling. Lyrical and atmospheric, "I Walked with a Zombie" recounts the story of a Canadian nurse sent to a small West Indian sugar island to tend for a young comatose woman, the wife of the island's plantation owner. What's wrong with her? Hints abound through the songs of the calypso singers, bits of dialogue, objects in the movie. The story, as odd as it is, is not told directly. You may think it is, but at the end of the film, you're not so certain of what's happened. Were the events the work of the supernatural? Was a crime committed? Or both? Or neither? It's difficult to say. I recommend this movie, it's important not to forget the older, off-beat films.


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