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 (as Reginald LeBorg)

Writers:

Fritz Leiber Jr. (novel), Scott Darling (adaptation) (as W. Scott Darling) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Norman Reed (as Lon Chaney)
Anne Gwynne ... Paula Reed
Evelyn Ankers ... Ilona Carr
Ralph Morgan ... Prof. Millard Sawtelle
Elisabeth Risdon ... Grace Gunnison
Lois Collier ... Margaret
Harry Hayden Harry Hayden ... Prof. Septimus Carr
Elizabeth Russell ... Evelyn Sawtelle
Phil Brown ... David Jennings
Kay Harding Kay Harding ... Student (as Jackie Lou Harding)
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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 kind of supernatural being. Written by Anonymous

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Daughter of Death! A Gorgeous...Loving...Killer! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »

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During filming of more than one scene Evelyn Ankers was trying to appear menacing and resentful towards Anne Gwynne. The two actresses were best friends and so both found it difficult to keep a straight face during these scenes and would begin laughing uncontrollably. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Lon Chaney Jr's wife walk near a picture of her husband but in the next plan, the picture is different. See more »

Quotes

Grace Gunnison: Ilona, there's something about your smile right now that makes me think of Jack the Ripper.
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Alternate Versions

Some TV prints delete the brief "Inner Sanctum" prologue. See more »

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Referenced in Hail, Caesar! (2016) See more »

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Engaging little thriller
26 December 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A professor (Lon Chaney Jr.) at a college returns from a visit to a South Seas island with his native wife (Anne Gwynne). His ex girlfriend (Evelyn Ankers) is not pleased. Chaney makes his wife burn all her superstitous, good luck charms. Then everything in his life goes horribly wrong.

Fun movie. It's fast-moving and very interesting. Chaney is just so-so but Gwynne is beautiful and very good as his wife. The best performance is by Ankers--she was usually playing the "good girl" in pictures--here she plays the villain and she's just great! This is one of the few times she was allowed to show her acting ability.

This was remade as "Burn Witch Burn" in the 1960s. That was a better movie but this still is a neat little film. Recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weird Woman See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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