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The Wasp Woman


The Wasp Woman (1959) starring Susan Cabot, Philip Barry, Michael Mark, Fred Eisley, directed by Roger Corman

Synopsis of The Wasp Woman

The Wasp Woman – A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She suffers from unwanted side effects when exceeding the dosage.  It’s actually an interesting story, dealing with how society treats — and discards — people as they age.  It’s a story about ageism, wrapped in a science fiction/horror story.

Cast of The Wasp Woman

  • Janice Starlin (Susan CabotMachine-Gun Kelly).  The head of a cosmetics corporation.  She is the face of the company.  But as she ages, their sales keep slipping.  What won’t she do to recapture youth and beauty, and save her company?
  • Bill Lane (Anthony EisleyHawaiian EyeJourney to the Center of Time).  The protagonist, one of Janice’s board members.  He’s legitimately concerned for her and the company.  And in love with Mary.
  • Mary Dennison (Barboura MorrisThe Haunted Palace).  Janice’s secretary, and friend.  She’s concerned that Janice is being swindled by Mr. Zinthrop.  To the point where she’s willing to take confidential papers.
  • Arthur Cooper (William RoerickAnother World).  The pipe-smoking, bow tie wearing, technical expert at the company.  He also seeks to protect Janice and breaks into Zinthrop’s office to read his notes.  A fatal mistake.
  • Eric Zinthrop (Michael MarkSon of FrankensteinAttack of the Puppet People).  A mad scientist — who really isn’t mad, or a traditional scientist.  

Editorial review of The Wasp Woman courtesy of Amazon.com

Susan Cabot, Michael Mark, Fred Eisley, directed by Roger Corman. Well done, low budget sci-fi. An eccentric scientist develops a revolutionary youth-restoring beauty cream for the aging head of a cosmetics firm(Cabot). To her amazement, she finds that when she uses it on herself, it works! There’s just one little problem: she also finds herself occasionally changing into a horrible, wasp-like monster with a penchant for killing.


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