Ed. Note: This is an early Mon. “Silver Screen Reflections” blog post on Sven’s upcoming Me-TV showcase of “The Leech Woman” (1960). I will be performing election judge duties during the Maryland primary election that will be taking place on Tue., June 26. –C.H.
“The Leech Woman” (1960) was directed by Edward Dein, who also worked on Universal’s horror/western classic, “Curse of the Undead” (1959). Dein also directed numerous episodes of several popular television series, including “Hawaiian Eye,” “The Wild Wild West” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron.”
Who was in “The Leech Woman” (1960)?
The players who appeared in Dein’s 1960 Universal sci-fi/horror entry were Coleen Gray (as June Talbot), Grant Williams (as Neil Foster), Phillip Terry (as Dr. Paul Talbot), Gloria Talbott (as Sally), Estelle Hemsley (as Old Malla), Kim Hamilton (as Young Malla), John Van Dreelen (as Bertram Garvay), Arthur Batanides (as Jerry) and Murray Alper (in an uncredited role as a drunk).
Three years before “The Leech Woman,” Grant Williams played the role of Scott Carey in Jack Arnold’s Universal sci-fi classic, “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957). Williams also played the role of Greg MacKenzie in the Warner Bros. television detective series, “Hawaiian Eye” (1960-63).
That same year, Kim Hamilton appeared in an episode of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” (1960’s “The Big Tall Wish,” in the role of Frances Temple), with Ivan Dixon (later of “Hogan’s Heroes” fame) and Steven Perry. Hamilton would later marry actor Werner Klemperer (also of “Hogan’s Heroes” fame; both Hamilton and Klemperer were married from 1997 until Klemperer’s death in 2000).
13 years earlier, Coleen Gray played the role of Molly in Edmund Goulding’s film noir feature, “Nightmare Alley” (1947, with Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell). Gray also played the role of Liara in William Marshall’s sci-fi feature, “The Phantom Planet” (1961, which was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in March 1998).
Released as a double-feature release with an iconic monster/horror feature produced by Britain’s Hammer Studios
According to IMDB’s trivia section on “The Leech Woman” (1960), Universal Studios released “The Leech Woman” as a double feature presentation with Terence Fisher’s Hammer production of “Brides of Dracula” (1960, with Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt David Peel, Yvonne Monlaur, Freda Jackson, Miles Malleson, Henry Oscar, Mona Washbourne, Andree Melly and Michael Ripper). “The Leech Woman” was made as a secondary feature in order to compliment Universal’s release of “Brides of Dracula.”
“The Leech Woman” was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”
Dein’s 1960 Universal sci-fi entry was riffed on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (ep. #802, hosted by Mike Nelson), which was telecast on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as SyFy) on Feb. 8, 1997.
Be sure to watch or record Svengoolie and his upcoming showcase of “The Leech Woman” (1960), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Don’t miss out on Svengoolie and his upcoming presentation of “The Leech Woman” (1960), this Sat. on Me-TV! With Sven’s additional fun facts, maestro Doug Graves’ musical intermission and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment, you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended for all fellow SvenPals, fellow MSTies and fellow aficionados of vintage Universal fantasy/sci-fi features from coast-to-coast!
Sidebar: Not connected to Roger and Gene Corman‘s “leech” thriller, “Attack of the Giant Leeches” (1959); a favorite of many fellow MSTies of MST3K (riffed on ep. #406 “Mystery Science Theater 3000” with host Joel Hodgson; which aired on Comedy Central on July 18, 1992) and fellow SvenPals of Svengoolie (fellow Berwyn/Chicago SvenPals might recall that Sven aired the other “leech” feature back on his WCIU/”The U” creature/monster/horror film showcase back in 1998)! –C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
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In relation to”The Leech Woman” (1960);
The “Mystery Science Theater 3000”/”MST3K” edition of “The Leech Woman” is available in the Shout! Factory anthology set, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition” (by arrangement with Universal Studios for “The Leech Woman”).