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The She-Creature (1956)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror, Romance | August 1956 (USA)
A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.

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Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Lou Rusoff (story), Lou Rusoff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Morris ... Dr. Carlo Lombardi
Tom Conway ... Timothy Chappel
Cathy Downs ... Dorothy Chappel
Lance Fuller ... Dr. Ted Erickson
Ron Randell ... Police Lt. Ed James
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Chappel
Marla English ... Andrea Talbott / Elizabeth Wetherby
Frank Jenks ... Plainclothes Sgt. with Lt. James
El Brendel ... Olaf
Paul Dubov ... Johnny
William Hudson ... Bob (as Bill Hudson)
Flo Bert Flo Bert ... Marta
Jeanne Evans Jeanne Evans ... Mrs. Brown
Kenneth MacDonald ... Police Doctor with Prof. Anderson
Jack Mulhall ... Lombardi's Lawyer
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Storyline

Using hypnosis, Dr. Carlo Lombardi claims that he can have his patients regress and recover memories from their past lives, thereby proving that reincarnation exists. He also claims that the spirit of these past lives can be brought forth to take physical form.. A series of violent murders by a creature that seems to disappear into the sea suggests that Lombardi's claim may be correct. The medical and scientific community believe him to be a complete fraud but one enterprising businessman sees the opportunity to make a small fortune with Lombardi's ability. Written by garykmcd

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The STARTLING disclosures about REINCARNATION and AGE REGRESSION! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geschöpf des Schreckens See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alex Gordon, who deferred his $2,500 producer's fee until the film returned its cost, said the movie was profitable a year and half after release. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Lombardi pulls down the sofa at the beach house, revealing a man's body, it falls onto the sofa with the left arm squarely at his side. In the next shot, the arm is draped over the sofa's edge. See more »

Quotes

Andrea Talbott: [to Lombardi about Erickson] I have found the power to resist you. He has given it to me.
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The Monster With A Rack
16 January 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If you take a look at the credits of Chester Morris's career, you'll note he did a lot of television in the Fifties and Sixties after his Boston Blackie series came to an end. Morris was one of those players who found a lot of work in the new medium as their screen careers dried up. One of his few unfortunate ventures back to the big screen was The She-Creature.

Morris is in a cast with a whole lot of players like Cathy Downs, Tom Conway, El Brendel, and Frieda Inescourt whose careers had evaporated in film, due to blacklist and other problems. It's sad, but this sometimes was the best work they could get.

Morris is a Svengali like hypnotist who's gone beyond anything that Messmer ever dreamed possible. His Trilby is Marla English whose bosoms excited many a pubescent male in the drive-ins. Most of the film she's in a trance and at a certain point in the trance, she dreams up from her past life a long extinct sea creature who looks like The Creature from the Black Lagoon's bride. You can tell by the rack the makeup people provide so we know it's the dreaming Marla.

This She-Creature is Morrris's personal hit squad, killing both skeptics of his hypnotic abilities to bring out past lives and anyone else who looks longingly at English. In Lance Fuller's case he's both a rival and a skeptic.

What's scary about this movie is not the content which today could be released as a comedy. The scary part is that the players I named all were in quality A films at one point in their career. Fortunately Morris got to appear in The Great White Hope before he died as a farewell performance. And I do remember him from the Fifties and Sixties showing a lot of quality acting in various television series.

Maybe the guy from The Black Lagoon might like this film.


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