CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN

1943

A mad scientist transplants human glands into a gorilla, turning the ape into a beautiful young woman (Acquanetta). However, a severe emotional jolt soon reverts her back into her primitive self with disastrous consequences

Cast:
John Carradine .... Dr. Sigmund Walters
Milburn Stone .... Fred Mason
Evelyn Ankers .... Beth Colman
Lloyd Corrigan .... John Whipple
Acquanetta .... Paula Dupree
Martha Vickers .... Dorothy Colemans
Fay Helm .... Nurse Strand
Vince Barnett .... Curly, a rube
Paul Fix .... Gruen, the drunk handler
Ray Corrigan .... Cheela the Ape
Harry Holman .... Ticket Office Clerk
William Gould .... Sheriff
Gus Glassmire .... Coronor
Ray Walker .... Ringmaster
Fern Emmett .... Beth's Murdered Neighbor
Tom London .... Ship's Captain
Turhan Bey .... End Narrator
Charles McAvoy .... Cop
Anthony Warde .... Tony, a handler
Grant Withers .... Veterinarian

Evelyn Ankers

Acquanetta

Born Burnu or Mildred Davenport. Various reports indicated differing stories of Acquanetta's origins. It has been stated that she was born near a reservation of Arapaho Indian parents in Ozone, near Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1920, as a torrid Latin temptress from Venezuela, and also that she was from Norristown, a Pennsylvanian mining community. Born on an Arapaho reservation in Wyoming, Acquanetta grew up in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and began her professional career as a top- salaried Manhattan model. New York columnists fabricated a South-of-the-Border background for the girl they dubbed "The Venezualan Volcano", and she soon landed in Hollywood with a contract at Universal Pictures.After graduating from High school, Acquanetta went to New York to become a model. On her way to South America to perform at Copacabana, she stopped over in Hollywood, where independent producer Walter Wanger spotted her and found her a bit part in ARABIAN NIGHTS. Universal Studios liked what they saw and signed her to a contract. They then created the non-speaking role of Paula Dupree, the Ape Woman, which ran for three films (the last being portrayed by Vicky Lane). She had also been assigned to appear as 'Amina Mansouri' in The Mummy's Ghost 1944, until she had an accident on the set and Ramsay Ames replaced her. After Universal, she joined RKO where she appeared in TARZAN AND THE LEOPARD WOMAN, her only starring role in a big-budget production. She drifted into obscurity shortly afterwards, appearing in small supporting roles thereafter. In the Fifties, she was hosting a radio and TV show on a local Arizona channel representing her current husband's Lincoln-Mercury dealership.

Martha Vickers

Martha MacVicar was born to James S. and Frances MacVicar in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Growing up she attends schools in Chicago, Miami, Dallas, St. Petersburg and Long Beach. She becomes a model for still photographer William Mortensen. One of Yanks pin-up girls during WWII, her posing leads to a screen contract with David O. Selznick. Horror film fans will recognize her in The Wolfman 1941, Frankenstein meets the Wolfman in 1942, Captive Wild Women in 1943 and The Mummy's Ghost in 1944 where she used her given name of Martha McVicar. In films She wasn't "Vickers" until her breakthrough film The Big Sleep (1946), in which she was cast as Carmen Sternwood, Lauren Bacalls debauched, thumb-sucking younger sister. The most famous of Vickers' three husbands was Mickey Rooney, to whom she was wed from 1949 to 1951; husband number one was publicist/producer A. C. Lyles Jr., while number three was polo player Manuel Rojas. Martha Vickers retired from films after appearing in Four Fast Guns (1960).

Fay Helm

Fay Helm was born on 9 April 1909 in Bakersfield, California. One of the last players to survive from Universal Studios' "Golden Age," actress Fay Helm, appeared in 64 films between 1936 and 1946. Even in her twenties, American actress Fay Helm exuded a clear-minded maturity that enabled her to avoid traditional ingenue roles. Signed by Columbia in 1938, Helm played Mrs. Fuddle in several of the early "Blondie" entries. One memorable example is her part as Jenny Williams, the woman bitten by werewolf Bela Lugosi -- who later passes his curse onto Lon Chaney -- in the Universal classic, "The Wolf Man." Two years later, she was the frosty, elusive title character in the film noir classic Phantom Lady. Also for Universal, she appeared in such shockers as "Captive Wild Woman" with John Carradine, "Calling Dr. Death" with Lon Chaney and "Night Monster" with Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill. Other notable parts include the comic-thriller "One Body Too Many" with Lugosi, Jack Haley and Jean Parker. Her final film was 1946's "That Brennan Girl." She retired from films shortly thereafter. Fay helm died on 27 September 2003 in California. She was 94 years old.