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The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)

A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant.

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Arthur Lubin

Writer:

Eric Taylor (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gale Sondergaard ... Zenobia Dollard
Brenda Joyce ... Jean Kingsley
Kirby Grant ... Hal Wentley
Milburn Stone ... Mr. Moore
Rondo Hatton ... Mario the Monster Man
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Bill Stapleton
Ruth Robinson Ruth Robinson ... Mrs. Wentley
Adda Gleason Adda Gleason ... Martha
Lois Austin Lois Austin ... Jenny Hawks
Tom Daly Tom Daly ... Sam Julian
Eula Guy Eula Guy ... Molly Cowin
Norman Leavitt ... Tom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Beach Guy Beach ... Cal
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Storyline

Jean takes the job of caretaker/companion (before the word took on a completely alternate-life style meaning) to blind woman Zenobia. Also hanging around the house, in this horror/western, is Mario, a deaf-mute servant who evidently wasn't much help to Zenobia when it came to identifying the source of a noise Zenobia couldn't see. Jean is a little slow in realizing that Zenobia is slowly killing her by taking her blood. Nothing personal. Zenobia needs her blood to feed some plants. She uses the blossoms of the plants to make poison to kill cattle in order to drive away the local ranchers so she can buy all the land...cheap. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Mistress of Menace!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vingança da Mulher Aranha See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was billed as a sequel to The Spider Woman (1943), but the two have nothing in common except that Gale Sondergaard plays a villainess who handles spiders in both. The characters she plays in both films are not the same person, and both characters have different names. See more »

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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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Three Strikes and She's Out
20 July 2015 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

Gale Sondergaard was terribly misused by Universal Studio's. She had a great talent but was wasted in grade Z film's such as this tripe. Two years before she had made a big impression as one Sherlock Holmes most diabolical and resourceful adversaries in "The Spider Woman" 1944. She and Basil Rathbone were wonderful as they tried to one up each other right to the end. This movie promised to be a return of that original character. But that wasn't the case.It's a mystery with more plot holes the you could imagine with a story line that makes very little sense.

Brenda Joyce is the damsel in distress, and Kirby Grant is her rescuer and hero of the story. Grant went on to play Sky King a decade later. Rondo Hatton is around to be sinister but is just sort of "there".

You can figure out what's going on fairly quickly. The question becomes WHY is it going on. When that WHY is reveled at the end of the film it's totally unsatisfying. If you are are a Sondergaard fan you will like the way she gives it her all to keep things going. She's the only reason to watch this picture. Beyond that there really isn't anything to recommend The Spider Woman Strikes Back.


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