The Leech Woman

1960

A faded beauty leaves a trail of murder from Africa to the United States when she discovers a compound that will restore her lost youth--when consumed with fluid from the pineal gland of the newly dead.

Cast:
Coleen Gray .... June Talbot
Phillip Terry .... Dr. Paul Talbot
Grant Williams .... Neil Foster
John Van Dreelen .... David Garvey
Gloria Talbott .... Sally Howard
Estelle Hemsley .... Old Malla
Kim Hamilton .... Young Malla
Charles Keane .... Detective Chief
Arthur Batanides .... Jerry Laundau
Murray Alper .... Drunk
Harold Goodwin .... Detective Joe
Paul Thompson .... Naudos Warrior Leader
Chester Jones .... Ladu, lead bearer

 

 

Coleen Gray

Born Doris Jensen in Staplehurst, Nebraska, in October 1922, beautiful Coleen Gray majored in theatre while attending college in Minnesota. Soon after graduation, Gray headed to Hollywood and was signed to a seven-year contract by 20th Century Fox. Her early film appearances were uncredited, beginning with the Betty Grable vehicle Pin-Up Girl (1944). By 1947, she had worked her way up to starring roles in the film noir thrillers Nightmare Alley and Kiss of Death. Gray left Fox in 1950 and freelanced in a number of film noir, westerns, and horror/sci-fi flicks. Some of her more memorable films from this period include the noir classics Kansas City Confidential (1952; with John Payne) and The Killing (1956; with Sterling Hayden); the westerns The Vanquished (1953; with John Payne) and Arrow in the Dust (1954; with Sterling Hayden); and the cult horror favorites The Leech Woman (1960; with Grant Williams) and Phantom Planet (1961; with Anthony Dexter). With the deaths of film noir and the studio system, Coleen Gray's film career slacked off after the release of Phantom Planet (1961), but she stayed busy making guest appearances on such popular television programs as Perry Mason, The Virginian, and The Name of the Game. Gray retired from the screen in the 1980s. Married twice, Gray is a widow and the mother of two.

Gloria Talbott

The daughter of a California dry-cleaning establishment owner, Gloria Talbott was dancing and singing almost from the time she could walk and talk. As a child and adolescent, she played unbilled bits in such films as Maytime (1937) and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). During her teen years, she won a high school acting trophy, and was voted "Miss Glendale" in 1947. Her first big professional break was in a Los Angeles stage production of One Fine Day, which starred the screen team of Charles Ruggles and Mary Boland. Restarting her film career in 1953, Talbott's first screen role of consequence was as the daughter of Leo G. Carroll and Joan Bennett in the delightful "comedy of murders" We're No Angels (1955). She truly came into her own as the nervous but self-reliant heroine of such B horror gems as The Cyclops (1957), The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957), I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1957) and The Leech Woman (1960). On a less fearsome note, she was seen in the recurring role of Abbie Crandall on the 1950s TV western Wyatt Earp. Though it might appear to the casual viewer that Talbott accepted any role that came her way, the claustrophobic actress was known to turn down parts that required her to swim underwater or to be trapped in small, enclosed places. She retired from acting in 1966 to spend more time with her family, emerging publicly only to appear at various science-fiction and nostalgia conventions around the country. In 1985, Gloria was co-starred with several other horror-flick veterans in the tongue-in-cheek thriller Attack of the B-Movie Monsters. Gloria Talbott is the mother of actress Megan Mullally. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide