Thriller (1960–1962)
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A Wig for Miss Devore 

An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

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... Himself
... Sheila Devore
... George Machik
... Herbert Bleake
... Max Quinke
... Arabella Foote
... Betty
Bernard Fein ... Lester Clyne
... Chester #2
... Meg Peyton
... Bokor #1
Barry Bernard ... Chester #1
... Bishop
Jonathan Morris ... Bokor # 2
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An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

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The execution with which the story begins, supposedly in eighteenth-century England, employs the "long drop" method of hanging which did not appear until after the 1868 reforms which ended public executions and thus did not encourage protracted suffering. See more »

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Roots Of Evil
2 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Patricia Barry stars as Sheila Devore, an aging actress eager to make a comeback in films, and thinks she has found the perfect vehicle in a script about a witch(seen in the prologue) who was hanged for her crimes, but who wore a reputedly cursed wig that gave her the power of eternal youth, but who must wear it all the time, as its roots take hold, or it will reveal something horrible, which was a warning that goes unheeded by Sheila, who loves the wig, even as the bodies of her enemies start to pile up, and her secret is threatened with public exposure... Barry is believable as the actress, with amusing in-jokes about Hollywood, though the final freeze-frame is more effective than the climatic reveal(though it is still well-remembered).


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