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I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
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I Walked With A Zombie (1943) A young Canadian nurse (Betsy) comes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager (Paul Holland). Jessica seems to be suffering from a kind of mental paralysis as a result of fever. When she falls in love with Paul, Betsy determines to cure Jessica even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony, to give Paul what she thinks he wants.

Movie Tagline:
See this strange, strange story of a woman whose lure set brother against brother; whose love caused hate

Title: I Walked With A Zombie
Release Date: April 21, 1943
Runtime: 69 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I

MPAA Rating: Approved

Jacques Tourneur

James Ellison ...Wesley Rand
Frances Dee ...Betsy Connell
Tom Conway ...Paul Holland
Edith Barrett ...Mrs. Rand
James Bell ...Dr. Maxwell
Christine Gordon ...Jessica Holland
Theresa Harris ...Alma - Maid (as Teresa Harris)
Sir Lancelot ...Calypso Singer
Darby Jones ...Carrefour
Jeni Le Gon ...Dancer (as Jeni LeGon)
Richard Abrams ...Clement
Doris Ake ...Black female friend of Melise
Rita Christiani ...Friend of Melise
Vivian Dandridge ...Melisse
Alan Edmiston ...Job Interviewer
Kathleen Hartsfield ...Dancer
Norman Mayes ...Bayard
Jieno Moxzer ...Sabreur
Clinton Rosemond ...Coachman
Arthur Walker ...Ti-Joseph
Martin Wilkins ...Houngan
Melvin Williams ...Baby

Val Lewton

Charlotte Bronte
Inez Wallace
Curt Siodmak
Ardel Wray

Roy Webb

I Walked With A Zombie Horror Film Trailer 1

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"The British Grenadiers"
"Fort Holland Calypso Song"
"Etude in E Op.10 No.3"

More Movie Taglines:
  • See this strange, strange story of a woman whose lure set brother against brother; whose love caused hate
  • and whose beauty bowed to the will of an evil spell in whose power we must refuse to believe
  • the blackest magic of voodoo keeps this beautiful woman alive...yet DEAD!
  • She's alive... yet dead! She's dead... yet alive!
  • Who said the dead don't walk?
  • See it happen--right before your startled eyes...in the screen sensation that rips the mask from the darkest secrets of forbidden voodoo!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Paul Holland: It's easy enough to read the thoughts of a newcomer. Everything seems beautiful because you don't understand. Those flying fish, they're not leaping for joy, they're jumping in terror. Bigger fish want to eat them. That luminous water, it takes its gleam from millions of tiny dead bodies. The glitter of putrescence. There is no beauty here, only death and decay. Betsy Connell: You can't really believe that. Paul Holland: Everything good dies here. Even the stars.
  • Mrs. Rand: Don't worry about a sugar planter. Give him a horse and he'll ride to his own funeral.
  • Betsy Connell: [Betsy Connell and Mr. Holland are walking through the garden together] Why was the maid crying? Paul Holland: I'm not sure I can make you understand. [He stops and points at an odd-looking sculpture in the garden] Paul Holland: Do you know what this is? Betsy Connell: A figure of Saint Sebastian. Paul Holland: Yes. But it was once the figurehead of a slave ship. That's where our people came from. From the misery and pain of slavery. For generations they found life a burden. That's why they still weep when a child is born and make merry at a burial... I've told you, Miss Connell: this is a sad place.
  • Betsy Connell: Frankly, it was something of a shock to see my patient that way for the first time. Nobody had told me Mrs. Holland was a... mental case. Paul Holland: A "mental case"? Betsy Connell: I'm sorry... Paul Holland: Why should you be? My wife IS a mental case. Please remember that, Miss Connell. Particularly when some of the foolish people on the island start regaling you with the local legends. You'll find superstition a contagious thing. Some people let it get the better of them. I don't think you will. Betsy Connell: No. Paul Holland: Come along. I'll introduce you to Dr. Maxwell and your patient.
  • Betsy Connell: [first lines, narration] I walked with a zombie... sounds strange to say.
Movie Trivia:
  • Val Lewton did not like the article "I Walked With A Zombie" by Inez Wallace that had been optioned so he adapted the story to fit the novel "Jane Eyre" because he felt the article's plot was too clichéd.
  • Edith Barrett, who played the mother, was only 3 years older than James Ellison, who played her younger son, Wesley. She actually was 2 years younger than Tom Conway, who played her older son, Paul.
  • The role played by Frances Dee was originally filled by Anna Lee.
  • In the script, the fictitious island is very explicitly identified as being owned by the United States. None of these items (such as a prominent American flag flying at the harbor) made it into the film, and items like the Island's association with British Columbia (where Betsy is from) suggest that it might instead be a current or former British colony.
  • The two figures seen walking along the beach during the opening credits are Frances Dee and Darby Jones.
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