|Directed by||Reginald Le Borg|
|Produced by||Oliver Drake, Ben Pivar|
|Written by||Fritz Leiber (novel Conjure Wife)
|Starring||Lon Chaney, Jr.
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
|Edited by||Milton Carruth|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
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. 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.
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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.
- Lon Chaney, Jr. – Prof. Norman Reed (billed as Lon Chaney)
- Anne Gwynne – Paula Clayton Reed
- Evelyn Ankers – Ilona Carr
- Ralph Morgan – Prof. Millard Sawtelle
- Elisabeth Risdon – Dean Grace Gunnison
- Lois Collier – Margret Mercer
- Harry Hayden – Dean Septimus Carr
- Elizabeth Russell – Evelyn Sawtelle
- Phil Brown – David Jennings
- Kay Harding – Student (as Jackie Lou Harding)
- Maddrey, Joseph (2012-02-15). Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film. McFarland. ISBN 9780786482740.
- Dixon, Wheeler W. (1998). The Transparency of Spectacle: Meditations on the Moving Image. SUNY Press. ISBN 9780791437810.
- Rowan, Terry (2016-10-14). Hollywood Monsters & Creepy Things. Lulu.com. ISBN 9781365461972.
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