802 - THE LEECH WOMAN (1959; NR; 77m)
a.k.a. LEECH (working)
co-billed with THE BRIDES OF DRACULA
Ad: "Forever Young! Forever Deadly!
She Lived Off the Life Blood of Male Victims!"
Ad: "Mistress of a century-old secret of eternal youth!"
Plot: A scientist and his older wife follow a very
old woman to Africa to locate an elixir of rejuvenation.
Prod: Joseph Gershenson (music sup/*615-Kitten With A Whip;
801-Revenge of the Creature;
803-The Mole People;
804-The Deadly Mantis;
805-The Thing That Couldn't Die;
L02-This Island Earth)
Dir: Edward Dein (Calypso Joe; Curse of the Undead)
Asst Dir: Joseph E. Kenney (Monolith Monsters)
Scr: David Duncan (805;
113-Black Scorpion; Time Machine)
Story: Ben Pivar (Legion of Lost Flyers; prod/702-Brute Man)
Story: Francis Rosenwald (Undercover Girl)
Cin: Ellis Carter (803/804; The Incredible Shrinking Man)
Ed: Milton Carruth (The Mummy; Cult of the Cobra; Pillow Talk)
Cos: Bill Thomas (805; won Oscar/Spartacus)
M/U: Bud Westmore
(801/803/804/805/L02; *614-San Francisco International)
ADir: Alexander Golitzen
(801/803/804/805/L02; 615-Kitten With A Whip)
ADir: Robert Clatworthy (804; Female on the Beach)
Set: Russell A. Gausman (702/801/803/804/805/L02)
Set: Clarence Steensen (201-Rocketship X-M; Captive Women)
Sound: Leslie I. Carey (801/803/804/805/L02)
Sound: Joe Lapis (702; Oscar nom/The Boys from Syracuse)
Score: Irving Gertz (804; 203-Jungle Goddess; Alligator People)
June Talbot / Coleen Gray (902-The Phantom Planet; Red River)
Neil Foster / Grant Williams*
Dr. Paul Talbot / Phillip Terry (The Navy Vs. the Night Monsters)
Sally Howard / Gloria Talbott (601-Girls Town; Cyclops)
David Garvay / John Van Dreelen (Beyond the Time Barrier)
really really really old Malla / Estelle Hemsley (Edge of the City)
young Malla / Kim Hamilton (To Kill A Mockingbird)
Jerry Lando / Arthur Batanides (320-The Unearthly; Spartacus)
drunk / Murray Alper (208-Lost Continent; The Errand Boy)
detective Joe / Harold Goodwin (The Invisible Monster)
lead bearer Ladu / Chester Jones (A Streetcar Named Desire)
detective chief / Charles Keane (109-Project Moon Base)
warrior leader Naudos / Paul Thompson (The Disembodied)
Classic Line: "Old women always give me the creeps."
Trivia: The African wildlife scenes were stock
footage from Universal's 1954 movie, Tanganyika.
Corman's not the only cheap guy in the movie industry.
Universal-International reused its cheesy props too. Did you
recognize that framed picture over the Talbot's fireplace?
It's the same "hamburger" picture that was in Exeter's
office in L02-THIS ISLAND EARTH.
Do you want fries with that?
The acting talents of GRANT WILLIAMS were totally
wasted in THE LEECH WOMAN. His tour-de-force
performance was the title character in another Arnold movie,
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957). His other films
include: 1957's The Monolith Monsters (about huge
destructive reproducing crystals; story written by Arnold);
Written on the Wind (also 1957; with Rock Hudson and
Lauren Bacall); and 1963's PT-109 (about a young Jack
Kennedy, starring Cliff Robertson).
Last Updated: 3/28/1999
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