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The Leech Woman (1960)

Approved | | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi | May 1960 (USA)
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An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.

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Edward Dein

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David Duncan (screenplay), Ben Pivar (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Coleen Gray ... June Talbot
Grant Williams ... Neil Foster
Phillip Terry ... Dr. Paul Talbot
Gloria Talbott ... Sally
John Van Dreelen ... Bertram Garvay
Estelle Hemsley Estelle Hemsley ... Old Malla
Kim Hamilton ... Young Malla
Arthur Batanides Arthur Batanides ... Jerry
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Storyline

When a very old African woman offers an ambitious endocrinologist the secret of eternal youth, he decides to take his estranged and no-longer-young-and-beautiful wife along with him on the safari. But then she finds out the true reason for their sudden reconciliation is so that she can serve as his guinea pig. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially one with a stolen pineal gland tapper. But once you try Nipe, there's no going back. Written by Larry Cline

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Men Were Her Prey For Eternal Youth. See more »

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Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leech See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's working title was The Leech. According to contemporary reviews, the filmmakers mixed stock footage of African wildlife and tribal dances with scenes shot in the studio. See more »

Goofs

While resting near the water after their escape from the village, June and the scout see two crocodiles climbing ashore near them. We then cut to a close-up of an alligator. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Paul Talbot: Well, that's a novelty - you're refusing anything with alcohol in it! I'm not used to seeing you sober this time of day.
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References 4D Man (1959) See more »

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Killing to Keep Youth
15 September 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the 140 year-old Malla (Estelle Hemsley) visits the endocrinologist Dr. Paul Talbot (Phillip Terry), she asks him to pay a trip to Africa for her. In return, she would give the secret of the eternal youth from her Nando tribe to him. Dr. Talbot accepts the offer and then he decides to travel to Africa with his estranged wife June Talbot (Coleen Gray), who lost her beauty with the age and has become a bitter alcoholic woman. They witness the secret of the Nando and when June learns that her husband brought her to be his guinea pig, she kills him and returns to the United States with the powder and the ring to keep her youth. Now she becomes addicted to be young but the price to pay is too high.

"The Leech Woman" is an American horror movie with the story of a woman capable to kill to keep her lost youth. The screenplay is messy and does not develop well the lead characters but the film is an entertaining and worthwhile watching B-movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Vaidade que Mata" ("Vanity that Kills")


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