The Leech Woman

Synopsis: An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.
Director(s): Edward Dein
Production: Universal
77 min

Well, that's a novelty,

your refusing anything with alcohol in it.

I'm not used to seeing you sober

this time of day.

If you're trying to humiliate me,

you did that years ago.

Everybody knows I drink.

I don't try to hide it.

Drinking and my feelings for you

are both bad for me.

I know that.

What can I do?

I can't reach you without crawling

into the bottle.

When I'm there,

I can at least pretend that you love me

and that our marriage

is what a marriage is supposed to be.

It's interesting to watch a bottle baby

defend her weakness.

One thing I can say for you,

your approach is always different.

Today it's complete submissin.

I can't even get a rise out of you.

You know, I think I like you better

when you're sloppy drunk and violent.

That's the real you

and that's the one I like,

the one that hates me and

gives me a chance to hate back.


Now, that's when

we're at our best,

when we cut through

the superficial surface

and get down to the fact

that we're a cruddy pair.

The only difference is

I know what I am, and you...

You try to hide what you are

in the fumes of whiskey.

Did you say whiskey?

Here's to you, whiskey,

the guardian

of all frustrated wives.

Now, be a good girl and

take your guardian and go home.

I've got some

experimenting to do.

You know I don't like to be

distracted when I'm working.

Unless, of course,

you've changed your mind

about helping me

with my experiments.

You need more than me

to be successful in whatever you do.

Just go on butchering your guinea pigs.

They can't put you in jail for that.

As a doctor, I resent the word "butchering"

almost as much as I resent looking at you.

I don't know

why you came here today,

but whatever it was,

speak up and then get out!

You know something?

I've just decided

to do you a big favor.

I'm going to give you

that divorce,

so you won't have to look

at my face any longer.

I tried making it over

for you.

Plastic surgery can't bridge

that 10 years between us.

Only love could make you

look at me differently,

and you never had that,

not even

in the beginning.


You're getting sloppy.

Another couple of drinks and you're liable

to forget about the divorce

and we'll be right back

where we started from.

Go on home.

Call Neil and tell him

to start the proceedings.

Tell him to use any grounds,

whatever he wants.

Just let him

get on with it.

You've got what you want.

Why can't I have a little one for the road?

Just enough to make me numb.

I think that did it.

I can't feel anything,

inside or out.

I beg your pardon.

Doctor, there's someone

in the office to see you.

That's all right, Sally.

Mrs. Talbot was just leaving.

Yes, l...

I was just leaving.


Well, I know you advertised for old women,

but the one in the office looks like she came

right out of a mummy's tomb.

There's something peculiar about her.

She gives me the creeps.

Old women always give me the creeps,

but remember, it's worth millions if I can

ever find a way to make them young again.

Shall I show her in?

Yes, but first get rid of that glass

and that bottle.


I'm on my way home now.

Can you meet me there in about 30 minutes?



No, everything's the same.

I'm afraid it's all over.



Mrs. Talbot, you will never divorce

your husband.

You won't have to. He will die.

His death will give you life,

a new way of life.

You may run away but you're gonna

never escape me.

You are the one

in my dreams of blood.

There. That's all.

It's remarkable.

Corpuscle count, blood pressure, teeth,

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