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Weird Woman (1944)

Passed | | Horror, Mystery | 1 March 1944 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Reginald Le Borg

Writers:

Fritz Leiber Jr. (novel), Scott Darling (adaptation) (as W. Scott Darling) | 1 more credit »
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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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WEAVING HER DREAD SPELL OF VOODOO! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. 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 »

Alternate Versions

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

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Version of Witches' Brew (1980) See more »

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Weird Woman (1944) ***
22 September 2006 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

One of the better films in Universal's INNER SANCTUM series of mysteries to star Lon Chaney, and based on the novel CONJURE WIFE. As a suave and calculated writer of a recent book about dispelling false superstitions, Lon is married to a lovely young girl named Paula (the adorable Anne Gwynne) whom he first met at a voodoo ritual on an island some years ago and who is still interested in the occult, magic, and strange rituals. When all sorts of odd occurrences and deaths transpire, the blame is laid at the feet of the "witchy" Paula, much to her husband's chagrin.

This installment benefits from a good cast. Anne Gwynne has always received my vote for the most attractive of the '40s Universal babes, and Evelyn Ankers (THE WOLF MAN, THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN) is a close second and earns extra points in this one for portraying a baddie this time around, much against type. Elizabeth Russell turns in a strong and compelling performance. Director Reginald LeBorg makes good use of dark, windy nights and eerie atmosphere to nice effect. The subject was tackled again later for the 1962 British film BURN WITCH BURN. *** out of ****


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Language:

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Release Date:

1 March 1944 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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