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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.

Director:

Edward Dein

Writers:

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 ... 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

At the camp in the jungle, when the men call loudly, their voices create an echo. This reveals that they are not really in the jungle, but inside a movie studio. 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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Featured in The Year My Voice Broke (1987) See more »

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Well Acted and Pretty Good
19 June 2005 | by mrb1980See all my reviews

"The Leech Woman" is a film that's a lot better than its title. Coleen Gray plays the older wife of Phillip Terry, a doctor who's been experimenting with various mixtures in order to find the fountain of youth. The acting is quite good by a group of old pros, and the film throws in about everything: the older woman/younger man plot twist, alcoholism, tribal rituals, emotional abuse, love triangles, several murders, smart-mouthed cops, journeys into darkest Africa, revenge and betrayal, explosions, quicksand...well, you get the idea. Gray does quite well with a difficult role, with fine support from Terry, Grant Williams, Kim Hamilton, and Gloria Talbott. I thought the ending was a little weak, but otherwise it's an entertaining take on an unusual story regarding rejuvenation. Worth catching.


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