Weird Woman

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Weird Woman
Weird Woman poster.jpg
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Produced by Oliver Drake, Ben Pivar
Written by Fritz Leiber (novel Conjure Wife)
Scott Darling
Brenda Weisberg
Starring Lon Chaney, Jr.
Anne Gwynne
Evelyn Ankers
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Virgil Miller
Edited by Milton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 1, 1944 (1944-03-01) (United States)
Running time
63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Weird Woman is a 1944 Inner Sanctum film noir mystery and horror film directed by Reginald Le Borg, and starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Anne Gwynne, and Evelyn Ankers.[1][2] The "Inner Sanctum" franchise originated with a popular radio series and all of the films star Chaney, Jr.. The film is one of several films based on the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber, the others include Night of the Eagle (1962) and Witches' Brew (1980). Co-star Evelyn Ankers had previously worked with Lon Chaney, Jr. in "Ghost of Frankenstein" when Chaney played the monster, and "The Wolf Man" when Chaney Jr. played the wolf man.


Professor Norman Reed (Chaney, Jr.) falls in love with and marries an exotic woman named Paula (Gwynne) while on vacation in the South Seas. When they return to his home town, she is greeted coolly by much of the community, especially Ilona (Ankers), who felt that Reed was hers. Strange things begin to happen, including the death of a colleague, which turns people against her even more, especially as she believes in voodoo and other supernatural phenomena. Reed must work hard to prove her innocence and find the real culprit behind the strange doings. There are several women who act weird in this movie. It's difficult to say definitely which one is the "weird woman" of the title.[according to whom?] Besides his wife and previous girl friend, there are female college students who want to spend time with Professor Reed.



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